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We live in a media-saturated world and do not control the me

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on 20 March 2014

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Transcript of We live in a media-saturated world and do not control the me

We live in a media-saturated world and do not control the message.
Over 80% of Americans watch television daily. On average, these people watch over three hours per day.
The Media and Body Image
Research is increasingly clear that media does indeed contribute to body dissatisfaction and disordered eating.
Video Games
In a study – conducted by Linder Walsh (2004, p.6) – "adolescent girls played video games for an average of 5 hours a week, whereas boys averaged 13 hours a week." The authors stated that teens who play video games for extended periods of time:
Tend to be more aggressive
Are more prone to confrontation with their teachers
May engage in fights with their peers
See a decline in school achievements.
Social Media
According to Cornell University's Steven Strogatz, social media sites can make it make it more difficult for us to distinguish between the meaningful relationships we foster in the real world, and the numerous casual relationships formed through social media.
Media Corruption

American children engage in increasing amounts of media use, fueled largely by the growing availability of internet access through phones and laptops.
On a typical day, 8 – 18-year-olds is engaged with some form of media about 7.5 hours.
Pressure from mass media to be muscular also appears to be related to body dissatisfaction among men. This effect may be smaller than among women but it is still significant.
The effect of media on women’s body dissatisfaction gives a thin ideal internalization, and disordered eating appears to be stronger among young adults rather than children .
Many pictures that teenagers and young adults post online revealing underage drinking, smoking, and partying may be seen by people they may not want to see them and can create problems.
Solutions
Reduce exposure to violent media.
Locate and explore alternatives to media
Get involved in the national debate over media
Be comfortable with who you are
By Kevin Hayes
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