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They each had 8 questions made up of 4 quantitative and 4 qualitative questions all working towards the common goal of figuring out media's effect in teens' self esteem. Magazine Influence The majority of students sometimes or often read magazines and compare themselves to celebrities. Confidence at Northview Most students would rate themselves 6/10 or 10/10 on how confident they are. TV Shows High School Students watch The larger the text, the more
students gave the response. TV Show Influence There was a trend between the students who have low confidence and watch shows like Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl. The people who watch these shows said they usually try to dress like celebrities, work out more, or style their hair like the iconic "perfect" characters: Serena Van Der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, etc. High School Students and Whether or Not They Compare Themselves to Celebrities There is not a noticeable correlation between different grades and how they are influenced by media pressures. It is interesting to see that over half of the students surveyed compare themselves to people in TV shows or magazines and are willing to do things to look like celebrities. The larger the text, the more
students gave the response. This experiment was useful because it recognized what kinds of TV shows and magazines negatively influence teenagers.
Shows like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars encourage teens to dress a certain way, act a certain way, and look a certain way.
Seventeen magazine highlights different work outs to lose weight, get curves, and attributes society views important.
A solution to this may be to have more average looking models and celebrities that don't wear as much make up and are an average weight.
Also as a parent, it may benefit your children if those shows and magazines weren't encouraged in the house.
Shows and magazines shouldn't give the "perfect" image but more of the "unreal image." Seventeen Magazine was the most
popular magazine read by people with
low confidence levels (1-5). Notice they make it
seem like to have
"perfect hair" it must
look like Blake Lively's. The magazine also suggests that there is a certain superior butt and that curves are important in being pretty. Suggests that fashion is what makes you pretty and encourages spending money on looks. Magazines High School Students Read