The Negative Effects Of Advertisements On Children

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Ke’Airea Ferguson Mrs. Lipsey English IV 19 February 2015 The Negative Effects of Advertisements Advertisers seek viewers who will buy products based on the consumers’ need and desire to become perfect. Advertisers know how to push the right button to make people feel insecure and imperfect. They use this insecurity to make a profit. But what happens when a person is pushed too hard? Both genders and all nationalities are affected by advertisements. The negative effects of advertisements include low self-esteem, eating disorders, and depression. Advertisements have been around for many years. They date back to the 18th century when Americans used advertisements to announce goods on hand (“American Advertising: A Brief History”). The notice of slaves being sold was another use for advertisements. In the 19th century, there was not much change. Advertisements continued to be a small column in a newspaper. The 1880s brought a change to advertising. Businesses began to introduce a new production technique to sell their products (“American Advertising: A Brief History”). They began pursuing buyers. This technique proves quite successful. “The American Advertising: A Brief History” article states that “By one commonly used measure, total advertising volume in the United States grew from about $200 million in 1880 to nearly $3 billion in 1920” (“American Advertising: A Brief History”). Since the 1920s, American advertising has grown sufficiently. TV, radio, and Internet have
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