The Effects of the Media on Today's Youth

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The media today is having a profound effect on society, especially its youth. When it comes to people’s behavior in society, adolescents usually look to the media for guidance. Teens today today are reliant on the media to tell them what is acceptable and what is not. It tells them how to look, how to act, even what to say. Social media definitely has an impact on the daily life of a teen. Most teens have some way to connect with friends using a social networking site. Young adults, much like the citizens of the distopian society in Fahrenheit 451, are dependent on the media for guidance and are almost unable to function without it. The media is brainwashing adolescents into changing their views of acceptable behavior and body…show more content…
(CAM) In addition, there are also billboard and TV advertisements for companies, such as Victoria’s Secret, that are showing images of super skinny models that aren’t even real! Most advertising companies use photoshop and airbrush tools to make the models look the way they do! (Rabak-Wagner) In places like New York City and Las Vegas there are advertisements like this everywhere! Courtney Warren, a psychology professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas said, “Living in a context that promotes highly rigid, unattainable, unrealistic sexual images of thin, young, ideal-looking men and women can have an affect on how adolescents view their body and adversely affect how they achieve a body image." In other words, when adolescents are in the high profile world they are immersed in the idea this is real beauty and this is how they should look. (MPB) All in all, the media inflicts images of beauty that teens feel the need to live up to. Teens today are living in a digital age where social media and the internet not only has a strong impact on their lives, but is also described as addicting. Social media websites like tumblr and Facebook are taking over people’s lives! Teens are always on their phones sharing pictures and stories and trying to see what their friends are up to. Nine out of ten teens have used

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