Boffins say ‘vi­o­lent’ good­ies are bad­dies

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A NEW study claims that the “good­ies” in su­per­hero films ac­tu­ally com­mit more crimes than the “bad­dies”.

Re­search also found the good guys com­mit­ted more mur­ders than their evil en­e­mies.

Lead author Dr Robert Olympia said: “Children and ado­les­cents see the su­per­heroes as ‘good guys’ and may be in­flu­enced by their por­trayal of risk-tak­ing be­hav­iour and acts of vi­o­lence.

“Health care providers should ed­u­cate fam­i­lies about the vi­o­lence de­picted in this genre of film and the po­ten­tial dan­gers that may oc­cur when children try to em­u­late these per­ceived he­roes.”

Re­searchers watched 10 su­per­hero movies – like Bat­man and Won­der Woman – and recorded any in­stance of vi­o­lence por­trayed by the lead char­ac­ters. counted 2,191 acts of vi­o­lence by the he­roes across the 10 films, and 1,724 from the crims.

Re­searchers say that in­stead of par­ents let­ting their kids watch a su­per­hero movie at home and leav­ing the room, it may ac­tu­ally be health­ier for them to watch su­per­hero films with their children, and then dis­cuss some of the more “trou­bling” scenes.

Dr Olympia added: “In pas­sively co-view­ing vi­o­lent me­dia, there is an im­plicit mes­sage that par­ents ap­prove of what their children are see­ing.

“And pre­vi­ous stud­ies show a cor­re­spond­ing in­crease in ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour.”

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