Review of Comfortably Numb

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Reviewof Comfortably Numb

Reviewof Comfortably Numb

Thearticle Comfortably Numb is a research report on how violence isdesensitizing people from helping others. The research involved twostudies, but the hypothesis was same. The hypothesis indicated thatwhen people are exposed to violent media, their reaction towardshelping people in pain will decrease. The variables of the researchwere violent media and non-violent media. In the first study, thevariables were violent video games and nonviolent video games. Thesecond study variables were violent movies and nonviolent movies. Thebaseline used to control the operation was the similar violent andnonviolent games or movies and the same participants. Both thestudies used the same participants and gender was a relevant variablein the second study. The alternative hypothesis in the first studywas if a participant were exposed to a violent game, the violencerating would be equal to or less than 7.89.

Someresults were relevant to the hypothesis. These results were theviolence rating for participants who were exposed to violent media inthe two studies were higher compared to those who were not exposedviolence. In the first study, the violence rating for exposedparticipants to violent games was 7.89 and violence rating fornon-exposed participants was 3.2. Participants who were exposed toviolent games were physiologically desensitized. The participantsincreased their violence rating and were less likely to react andnotice fights. Therefore, they would rate the fighting to be lessserious. These two conditions were obstacles of helping other peoplewho are undergoing through pain. In the second study, the resultswere, delaying in helping people decreased with exposure to violentmovies, but women helped less often than men did. The results werenot so statistically significant, and this caused halt for furtheranalysis.


Bushman,B. &amp Anderson, C. (2009).&nbspComfortablyNumb: Desensitizing Effects of Violent Media on HelpingOthers.&nbspResearchGate.Retrieved 4 November 2016, from