Violent videos posted online may be affecting public’s perception of violence

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Many of the recent protests and outrage from the two shooting deaths were caught on camera and posted online almost instantly.

The videos were shared all over social media, becoming viral with millions of views.

Experts said the videos may be changing how the public perceives violence.

“If we see that all the time, that becomes what is the norm for us,” said ECU Professor Tracy Tuten. “If that is the prevalence of the information that we’re exposed to, then we think of that as normal.”

Many said they’re scrolling through posts by friends, and come across the videos that capture the moments after horrific acts.

“It’s almost become like normal, sadly, in our culture now,” said Kara Gay, a social media user. “These violent acts. And I think seeing them over and over again desensitizes adults and kids to it.”

Some said the new era of citizen journalism is a benefit and a curse.

“Posting the videos on things like Facebook and Twitter where everyone can see them or not can be a bad thing,” said Gay.

Experts said you can’t always prevent your child from viewing these horrific videos, so it’s important to address what they saw if they have questions.

“You can talk through, okay why did this happen, what does it mean? What was right or wrong about it?”

These virtual crime scenes are now sparking controversy and providing evidence that may not have been, otherwise, captured.

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