The Mean World Syndrome

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Mean World Syndrome is a phenomenon where violent related content of the mass media persuades viewers that the world is more dangerous than it actually is, prompting a desire for more protection than is warranted by any actual threat.

Mean World Syndrome is one of the main conclusions of cultivation theory. The term “Mean World Syndrome” was contrived by George Gerbner, a pioneer researcher on how television effects society, when George noted that people who watched a lot of television tended to think of the world as an unforgiving and scary place.

People who watch TV infrequently and teens who talk to their parents about reality are said to have a more accurate view of the real world than those who do not, and they are able to more accurately assess their vulnerability to violence and tend to have a wider variety of beliefs and attitudes.

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