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Adolescent Media Practice Model (Steele & Brown, 1995, Brown, 2000) - My media use through adolescence.
Ellen Johnson, EPSY241, Semester 2, 2013, ID: 300261695
My motivation in life comes from my family, my friends, media and finding enjoyment in what I do. My friends and family inspire me and media has helped shape me.
What media do I use and why?

Early adolescence
Late adolescence
I would like to say I only apply media that I like to my life, but that is not true. I view media that I do not necessarily like sometimes just because it is popular. Sometimes I choose media for myself, other times it is chosen for me. I pay most of my attention to the media I am interested in.
I do not connect to this song as such because it is about drugs but I listened to the song and downloaded it because it was new and popular.
Appropriation (Conscious)
Incorporation (Subconscious)
How does the media affect me?
There are 5 key uses of media for adolescents: coping, identity formation, youth culture identification, high sensation and entertainment. All of the mentioned media satisfies these needs.
Media has the ability to amplify your current emotional state or change it completely. Music and movies intensify my feelings and emotions because I am able to connect with them, and although movies and music tend to be based on pretend stories if they relate to me at a certain time in my life, they allow me to relate to others and feel as though I am not alone.
I connected with this movie throughout adolescence, especially in college as it showed me that it was ok to be different, it was ok to be yourself as long as you were happy.
When I use media I am usually sitting on the couch watching TV with my laptop and phone. I use my laptop for social media, contact with friends and family, to watch movies and listen to music. When I am travelling to university I use my phone to entertain me with music and games. I do not read books, but I often flick through magazines to catch up with the latest gossip and the newspaper for the latest news. With that said I can also view these both online, I choose to read the virtual versions most of the time as it is more adaptable to where I am.

The media has a strong worth to me as it helped me to form my identity and helps me connect with my friends. Some media is confusing, and although I interpret media differently to what the creators want me to, the original meaning still sticks. I judge and evaluate media as necessary and admittedly judge people whom use media I think is unnecessary. When I use media it makes me want to connect with my family and friends more as I know that it is possible to do so in many ways.

I evaluate the use of media by judging whether it is worthwhile or not. There are some internet sites that I am joined with that are not necessarily doing me any good nor are they doing me any harm. I like and dislike so many things, therefore I use different media to impact my life positively, meet people and be happy with myself.
Sometimes I tend to have a negative interpretation of the media I use on a daily basis as there are the possibilities/occurrences of bullying and being taken advantage of. Media is a great tool, but you have to be using it for the right reasons for it to be worthwhile.
As people we evalute and interpret media differently. These interpretations and evaluations of media can change throughout our lives also.
“Application is the concrete ways in which adolescents use media – how they make it active – in their everyday lives” (Steele & Brown, 1995, p.559).
How do I apply media to my daily life ?
I choose to apply media to my life that I enjoy and that helps me get through. Media is an important aspect of my life. It has helped me to cope with feelings, social norms and self-expression. It has also shaped me. There are so many types of social media also - it is important to choose for yourself, not to just conform to society.
We all subconsciously judge the world through media. I do have positive and negative views of the world as media helps to shed light on both aspects. Although media portrays the world as a negative place, if you search you will find the good, it is just that negativity is highlighted more than positivity.
To an extent I resist the main images present in media for girls - being skinny, toned and tanned. I am who I am, and although sometimes I wish I was like them, if people cannot accept me for who I am, that is their problem :)
What types of media / messages present in media do I resist and why?
Each friend and family member motivates me and supports me in a different way. Sometimes this motivation is through media - contact with friends through social media etc.
Media motivates me by showing me what is wrong and right, normal and abnormal and what society accepts.
Who am I?
I come from a family of 6 with 2 brothers and 1 sister. We all lived together up until a couple of years ago when my older brother and sister moved out.
- Ellen Johnson
- 19 years of age
- European/Maori
- Middle class
I have been through daycare, kindergarten, primary school, intermediate, secondary school and am currently in my second year at Victoria University.
Lived Experience
I use the above forms of media to keep in contact with friends and family, to be social, to learn what is right and wrong in society, to have fun and be entertained and to be similar to all my peers.
The types of media used in late adolescence are similar to that in early adolesence except now I am more myself, my own person.
Me, my Dad, my Mum, my Sister, my Brother-in-law, my younger Brother & my older Brother.
"Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus

We clawed, we chained, our hearts in vain
We jumped, never asking why
We kissed, I fell under your spell
A love no one could deny

Don't you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you
I can't live a lie, running for my life
I will always want you

I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was break me
Yeah you, you wreck me

I put you high up in the sky
And now, you're not coming down
It slowly turned, you let me burn
And now, we're ashes on the ground

Don't you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you
I can't live a lie, running for my life
I will always want you

(This is only half of the lyrics)

Although I do not connect to the above Miley Cyrus song, I do connect to this one. It is about love and broken hearts and that is experienced more than drugs.
I apply media to my life in many different ways for many different reasons.
Body Image
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