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Mass Media in Social Life:

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Rei M

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Influence on body image because of photoshop abuse - & "Eating Problems As Survival Strategies"
1. Media and social peer pressures distort mental perceptions of what a person looks like leading them to engage in risk behaviors if they feel they do not measure up to the goal set in front of them.
2. Self-image issues lead to eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, cutting, and sexual addictions.
3. Media, such as TV, Movies, and Magazines have a negative affect on body image.
4. Millions of people, mainly teens, believe the lies producers and advertisers set on versions of models on the media leading them to unhealthy measures to be just like them.
5. Magazine pictures and images of women in movies and on TV make women feel insecure.
6. The Media tells women value is based on outward appearance and society tells women they must be thinner to be loved, accepted, and successful in life.
7. Individuals perceive media's view of beauty and fall into eating disorders and negative body images.
8. Magazines and television are often blamed for portraying an ideal body image that causes people to question their looks and lose confidence in themselves.
9. Countless women alter their body image and mindset to reflect women they view in everyday advertisements.
10. People, mainly women and teenage girls subconsciously believe what they hear or see and try to apply it to their reality, moreso women negatively changed their lives according to the psychological influences from mass media about what makes a beautiful woman.
"In a world where size descriptions are shorthand for personal integrity, to be thin and call oneself thin is to brag twice."
Mass Media:
Instances in culture of thinness was and still is a precipitating factor in anorexia, bulimia, or binging.
A woman's foremost worry is about their appearance, focusing specifically on the emphasis of slenderness.
Some women were raised in families & communities where they were taught that women should be thin.
The Looking-Glass Self by Charles Cooley
In this case, mortification...
More so, individuals, most common with women, face great embarrassment and shame because of the way they perceive themselves.
According to Cooley's elements our imagination of our appearance is co-dependent on societal influence, dominantly pertaining to the media.
We want to imagine ourselves as thin, trying to fit in... then we imagine how people judge on how we look now to how we look compared to celebrities, then, we use our judgement and the judgement of others to shape the way we see ourselves - thus trying to distort our body image.
Mass Media in Social Life:
You Can't Be Thin Enough

Body Images & The Mass Media
any means of communication, television, movies, magazines, that reach large numbers of people.
Body Image:
an idealized image of what one's body is or should be like that is somtimes misconceived.
"The Self does not exist without society"
"A self idea of this sort has 3 principal elements: 1) the imagination of how we appear to others 2) the imagination of judgement of that appearance 3) some sort of self feeling/ self-development through that judgement, such as pride or mortification."


"Addicted in Hollywood: Scary Lengths Stars Go to Stay Scary Skinny"
Glamazon Anna Nicole-Smith had gone through years of "yo-yo dieting", a bunch of prescription medications, two of which were used for weight loss... she died of an accidental overdose at the age of 39...

> The pressure to be in Hollywood can turn celebrities to turn to pills, drugs, anorexia, to name a few.
Fame is such an image-conscious industry. More and more women & men in the celebrity industry are using whatever they can to try and stay thin. People are using & easy way to cheat... Their livelihood, their ability to be a cast in a role, their entire way of making money is completely dependent on staying thin."
"Dangerously underweight models are often not seen as being thin enough by editors, who employ Photoshop and other image manipulation tools to create women who are literally “too thin to be true” – as well as to alter photos of celebrities so they meet this standard."
"Women’s magazines in particular have a tremendous influence on body image, with researchers reporting that teenage girls rely heavily on them for information on beauty and fashion, valuing their advice nearly as highly as that of their peers."
... to the editors, they're clients are not thin enough...
Like what they did to Britney Spears <-- in this picture & Zendaya in that picture -->
Women have always been adored and glorified for their physical attributes - studies say young women are especially affected by objectification in the media. (Objectification can be roughly defined as the seeing and/or treating a person, usually a woman, as an object). Yet, countless of young girls suffer from anorexia and bulimia resulting in dramatic weight loss.

The underlying reasons for these disorders are mainly mass media influences.

When young girls see unrealisitc models glamorized and having size 0 waists, adolescents try to change their appearances by becoming obsereved with weight calorie counting and more.

The media is to blame for the dehumanization of women.

For example...
This Dove+Twitter commercial shows the negative tweets that women would write about themselves for the world to see.

According to the Dove study, "almost three quarters believe social media comments critiquing women's body image are destrictive to their self-esteem."

It only takes one positive comment to start a trend to encourage women to realize their worth and that Mass media should NOT determine one's body image.
Body Image – Advertising and Magazines. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2015.

Does social media impact on body image? - BBC News. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2015.

Dove Twitter: #SpeakBeautiful. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2015.

Henslin, J. (2005). Sociology: A down-to-earth approach (7th ed.). Boston: Pearson/A and B.

How Celebrities Lose Weight For Movies. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2015.

How Does Social Media Impact Women's Body Image and Self-Esteem? (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2015.

I Know I'm Thin. Why Can't I Say It? (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2015.

McKay, H. (2011, July 8). Addicted in Hollywood: Scary Lengths Stars Go to Stay Scary Skinny. Retrieved October 22, 2015.

Media Effects on Body Image: Examining Media Exposure in the Broader Context of Internal and Other Social Factors. (2012). Retrieved October 22, 2015.

Role of Women in Mass Media, How Mass Media is changing their Lives. (2014, October 21). Retrieved October 22, 2015.

Self Image Media Influences - Just Say Yes. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2015.
about advertisers...
These are the lengths celebrities go to in order to portray their roles for award-winning movies... it's all about the "diet"
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