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The Media's Influence on Today's Teens

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Leah Coenen

on 24 May 2013

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on Today's Teens The Media's Influence Obesity Violence The use of guns and ammunition by celebrity movie stars is giving mixed messages to kids and teens. This violent behavior shapes their personalities and values. (Mughal) Sex “The problem with depictions of sex and sexual stereotypes on television is that it encourages images of what people should imitate, and makes people feel inadequate and different if they do not adhere to the stereotypes.” (Sieker) THE MEDIA TV, movies, models, celebrities, music... Have you ever looked at a model in an ad and felt horrible about the way your body looked?
Have you ever seen a certain hairstyle or outfit on a celebrity and wanted to look the same?
Have you ever seen a violent scene or stunt in a movie and wanted to try it out yourself? Let's take a look at a few of the main effects of the media. Teens today are given mixed messages, but are at the stage in life where they want to fit in with their peers. They want the ideal thin body, but are bombarded with junk food ads as stated in the article "Mass Media and It's Influence On Society": "There are millions of adolescents fighting obesity, but at the same time they are exposed to thousands of advertisements of junk food, while the ideal image of a successful person is told to be thin and wealthy." (Mughal) The average teen girl gets about 180 minutes of media exposure daily and only about 10 minutes of parental interaction a day. Thin models appear happy, influencing young girls and teens to look the same. Many of their own mothers are affected by this influence too and look up to this behavior. Because many girls don't have the 'ideal look', they begin to feel inadequate. (Heubeck) Negative Self-Image 91 % of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting. 5 % of women naturally possess the ideal American body. 58 % of college-aged girls feel pressured to be a certain weight. Low self-esteem in adolescents can lead to eating disorders, early sexual activity, substance use, and suicidal thoughts. Statistics 95 % of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. (11 Facts ) Love My Body VS Real Beauty (Finally) (Reuters) (Advertising Lab) (McDonald's) (Heubeck) When will we look past physique alone,

And recognize the deep beauty
the real-ness of each woman we see?

Especially the one
we greet each morning in
the mirror

I am ready.
Are you? (Finally) 90 % of movies, 68% of video games, and 60% of TV shows include violence. (Mughal) A new study in pediatrics found that viewing shows in which cooperation and empathy are emphasized (instead of shows including violence) can improve behavior in 3- to 5-year-olds in just 6 months. (Mughal) (MB Show Ideas) (Juegos Full) It's normal for people to immitate their surroundings, but the media shows a negative example of today's 'norm'. (Sieker) Surveys say that exposure to sexually suggestive materials; especially MTV and R-rated films--is significantly associated with premarital sexual permissiveness (PSP) among youth (Sieker). 64% of all TV shows
included some
sexual content. 32% of all TV shows have some sexual behaviors. 14% of TV shows contain sexual intercourse. Out of 1,008 young people, more than half watch 16 and Pregant (MTV hit show) and say it makes them more aware about their own risk. 82 percent of those teens think the show helps reveal the challenges of teen pregnancy (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy). As a result to so many sexually active and accepted teens today, there are record high teen pregnancies than in earlier years. Woman today are more independent and don’t always have to rely on their partner to make ends meet. (Sieker) (Teen Pregnancy) (GEtjaam) "In 2011, 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a live birth rate of 31.3 per 1,000 women in this age group." However, it is a record low and an 8% drop from 2010. (About) How Can We Make A Difference? We should be making teens more aware of how unrealistic models can be. We should also show them the negative sides to advertisements, such as fast food and other unhealthy habits. We should not be presenting violent movies and video games to adolescents and show them that violence is not acceptable in real world problems. We should be warning teens of the negative sides to premarital sex, whether it is accepted by society or not. MB Show Ideas. "Teen Violence: Who Is to Blame?" - Mingle City. N.p., 26 Jan. 2009. Web. 21 May 2013. <http://minglecity.com/profiles/blogs/teen-violence-who-is-to-blame>.

"McDonald's :: AD Campaign." McDonald's :: AD Campaign. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2013. <http://www.imaginethat.com/iac/bigMac_presentation/>.

Mughal, M. A. "MASS MEDIA AND ITS INFLUENCE ON SOCIETY." Opinion Maker RSS. N.p., 18 Jan. 2011. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.opinion-maker.org/2011/01/mass-media-and-its-influence-on-society/>.

Reuters. "After Weight-loss Surgery, New Gut Bacteria Keep Obesity Away." Fox News. FOX News Network, 28 Mar. 2013. Web. 21 May 2013. <http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/03/28/after-weight-loss-surgery-new-gut-bacteria-keep-obesity-away/>.

Sieker, John. “Sexual Imagery in the Media and its Influence on Adolescent Self-Image.“ CEDU. Web. 0 May 013. <http://www.cedu.niu.edu/~shumow/iit/Sexual%20Imagery-Media.pdf>.

"Teen Pregnancy, Being Informed Is More Than Necessary." AtRisk Teenagers RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013. <http://www.at-risk.org/blog/550/teen-pregnancy-being-informed-is-more-than-necessary/>.

Villanueva, Mallory. "Teenage Pregnancy and the Media's Influence on Today's Youth." Divine Caroline. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.divinecaroline.com/life-etc/teenage-pregnancy-and-media%E2%80%99s-influence-today%E2%80%99s-youth>.

"11 Facts About Body Image." Do Something. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-body-image>. "About Teen Pregnancy." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 Nov. 2012. Web. 23 May 2013. <http://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/aboutteenpreg.htm>.

"Advertising Lab: KFC Ad With Hidden Image." Advertising Lab: KFC Ad With Hidden Image. N.p., 24 Apr. 2008. Web. 21 May 2013. <http://adverlab.blogspot.com/2008/04/kfc-ad-with-hidden-image.html>.

Emmons, Sasha. "Is Media Violence Damaging to Kids?" CNN. Cable News Network, 21 Feb. 2013. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/21/living/parenting-kids-violence-media>.

"Facts and Findings: Body Image." Facts and Findings: Body Image. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.girlscouts.org/research/facts_findings/body_image.asp>.

"Finally, “Real” Women." Organic Mama Cafe. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.organicmamacafe.com/tag/dove-realbeauty-campaign/>.

"GEtjaam - Entertainment." GEtjaam - Entertainment. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013. <http://celeblesh.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.html>.

Heubeck, Elizabeth. "Girls and Body Image: Media's Effect, How Parents Can Help." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 20 May 2013. <http://www.webmd.com/beauty/style/helping-girls-with-body-image>.

"Juegos Full." [Mi Subida] Call of Duty Black Ops 2 PC (MEGA). N.p., 1 May 2013. Web. 21 May 2013. <http://www.taringa.net/comunidades/juegosxd/7251499/Mi-Subida-Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops-2-PC-MEGA.html>. Work Cited By Leah Coenen Altogether, we need to warn today’s youth of the dangerous deceptions that the media is setting out so that we can start to turn society around for the better. If you answered yes to any of these questions, the media has had an effect on your life. Young males are affected by negative sexual images as well. Also stated in Sieker’s article is that “as a result of constant exposure to images in which women are treated solely as sexual objects, impressionable male adolescents may learn to imitate the same actions in social interaction. 7th and 9th grade adolescents who are exposed to less than an hour of MTV are more likely to approve of premarital sex. College students who were exposed to a music video exhibited more liberal attitudes toward premarital sex than did unexposed students. (Sieker) Statistics
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