The Effects Of Advertising On Young People

1622 Words Dec 5th, 2015 7 Pages
In 2006, the average young person could see up to three thousand advertisements every day via television, the Internet, billboards, and magazines (“Children,” ). As society grows to be more digital, the number of advertisements seen has only increased. With the advertising business expanding to new platforms such as social media, advertisers have found more ways to manipulate the minds of Americans to want to buy the merchandise they are selling. In this quickly growing business, advertisers know the influence they have on the general population, and they usually target those who will be the most influenced. Typically, the younger ages tend to be easily influenced by the advertisements they see. Young people have a desire to be like everyone else; they see advertisements with people around their age and think everyone else has it so they get it as well. Since minors are most easily influenced, advertisers follow the most popular platforms among young people, such as the Internet, and persuade them to buy products. This means that advertisements are essentially everywhere. Advertising has become so widespread and subtle that young people barely notice companies’ strategies and the impact on today’s youth.
One of the main purposes of magazines is to advertise. If one were to open any popular magazine, especially teen magazines, to a random page, at least one of the pages would most likely be an advertisement. Sometimes those advertisements even fill both pages. The majority…
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