Influences in Our Lives

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Influences You can be influenced by anything, the television, your friends and your family. If you are influenced by these factors negatively, the influences may push you to lead dangerous, life threatening decisions. How far can the media, family, and friends push you? “Media has had an increasingly negative impact” (Mokeyane 2); media affects the lives of us all negatively at some point. People are being driven to eating disorders and others by copying the behaviors of the lifestyles being projected. Teenagers are surrounded by all types of media; radios, television, magazines, and the internet. All this media will produce images in our teenagers’ brains that they need to be perfect to be accepted in society from ads with skinny supermodels. “How did this unrealistic idea of the perfection of the ‘ideal body’ get framed… open a newspaper or magazine, switch on the television or radio.” (Gupta 1). The models and dieting ads from media drive some teens to eating disorders or the thought that perfection is real. The apparent reason for our teenagers to this conclusion is media poisoning. “Sizes of supermodels and actresses often influence teenage girls” (Mokeyane 2). It’s known that the media contributes to most of teenagers’ views and how they think of themselves. Marya Hornbacher was influenced by the media at the age of five years old and developed a eating disorder that the age of nine. “Imagining that I am the sophisticated bathing suit lady… tan, and long and

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