Statistics, Studies & Polls Demonstrating The Power of Words

A Stanford University study conducted July 1999 through June 2003 has demonstrated that less TV equals less violence: 50% decrease in verbal aggression, and a 40% decrease in physical aggression, just by encouraging kids to turn off their TVs and video games. Thomas N. Robinson, an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford and the study’s lead author, stated that: “What this says is there is something you can do in a practical way, in a real-world setting, and see the effects.”
A Frank Luntz national poll conducted August 17-21, 2001 demonstrates that millions of Americans are hurt by verbal violence and gossip every day. According to the poll:

  • 90% of Americans agree that verbal violence and gossip is a problem in our schools, homes and in the workplace
  • More than 60 million Americans feel that someone is using negative speech about them behind their back each week.

Almost one-third of 6th to 10th graders- 5.7 million children nationwide-have experienced some kind of bullying according to a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study published in the April 25, 2001 Journal of the American Medical Association.

The Bureau of Justice statistics estimate that one out of four school-aged children is bullied. This is supported by the National Education Associations statement that 160,000 children skip school each day because of intimidation by their peers.

In July 2000 the American Medical Association, the American Pediatrics Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy
of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry made a joint statement to the US Congress. What they collectively said was: “Well over 1,000 studies point overwhelmingly
to a connection between media violence and aggressive language and behavior in some children.”

US Secret Service and Department of Education report entitled Implications for Prevention of School Attacks in the United States key finding number seven states: “Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted, or verbally injured by others prior to the attack.”
The National Institute of of Child Health and Human Development reprorted survey findings in the Journal of the Madical American Association (JAMA April 25,2001) stating, “Bullying is Widespread in U.S. Schools.”

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, November 22, 1999 in an article about the power of word: “Positive talk about the elderly can have an effect on how they function.”