Idealized Body and Social Media

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“From children's toys to TV programs, images of the idealized body have permeated every level of our visual culture” (Swinson). As the Advertisement industry continues to grow, the focus on looks is increasing as well. With around half of the advertisements using beauty as an appeal to sell their products(Teen Health and the Media), the pressures to be 'perfect' are causing women to become dissatisfied with their looks, driving them to turn to unhealthy measures. The average teenage girl gets a significantly greater amount of media time each day compared to the amount of time they spend with their parents, this is usually around 180 minutes of media per ten minutes spent with their parents (Heubeck). With so much time spent on media…show more content…
Unfortunately, some of those who suffer from eating disorders lose their life to their lack of nutrition, or they never become happy with themselves and are led to take their own lives. Suicide, a long term solution to a temporary problem. People take their own lives because they have been driven to the point where they believe that they will never be good enough, and are completely worthless. The media has such a vast impact on its viewers that some are constantly finding flaws in themselves, because they do not compare to the perfection shown on screen and in advertisements. A recent study shows that people with body dysmorphic disorder are forty-five times more likely to commit suicide than those without it (Harding). Many people try to commit suicide because they do not reach their ideal body through eating disorders. According to American Community School nurse, Vivienne Sullivan, “Mainly young girls try to commit suicide but do not succeed, one of the biggest problems is eating disorders; worrying about getting fat, not eating in front of boys or in public” (qtd. in Dajani). The pejorative images shown throughout the media, leave people feeling so awful about themselves that they feel the need to harm themselves. In a 2001 survey involving 13,601 high school students, 19 percent of the students said they had considered
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