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Ahmet CAKIR
Melissa EDWARDS
ENG-121-IN2
10.24.2016
Mass media influence on youth
Mass media influence on youth. As the exposure of teenagers to mass media increased,
harmful results such as drinking at early ages, unplanned teen pregnancies or alcohol
consumption among children would be inevitable. Since most of the sources we get information
from on mass media is affected by the so called pop culture, teens reckon undesirable acts as
typical and usual incidents. For instance, intervening in a fight for no valid reason, or involving
in sexual relationships with random people before reaching the lawful age, and carrying guns and
sneaking them into schools has started to be considered as creditable and admirable happenings
among the youth. Nowadays, information that we gather from mass media has started to be
affected by so-called pop culture considerably. Therefore, some very serious and undesirable
events have started to be perceived quite normal by teens. For instance, involving in a fight
without a valid reason, or engaging in sexual relationships with random people before reaching
the lawful age, and carrying guns and sneaking them into schools are some of the acts that the
youth thought as typical and usual. Teenagers feel insecure and upset about their looks is because
of the intense body shaming and beauty standardizing that is exposed to people via mass media.
The fact that teenagers feel insecure and upset about their looks is because of the intense
body shaming and beauty standardizing that is exposed to people via mass media. In

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conventional media, the girl teenagers termed as being beautiful are the thin, long-haired girls
with a flawless skin complexion. Media has created the group of girls that it thinks that they are
the ones who are pleasing to the eye hence being accepted by the society. As a result, many
teenagers are suffering from the negative body image that makes them be frustrated with their
body. Frustration leads to adverse effects such as singular harm, despair, eating maladies as well
as body dysmorphic disorders (McCabe, Marita & Lina 225). Similarly, social media has a
psychological impact on teenagers such as a lower self-esteem. Correspondingly, Media uses
models as well as Celebrities in advertising brands like Abercrombie hence making the society to
think of what is happening as a trend. Teenagers typically watch the stars and try to depict their
characters so as to resemble them. Research shows that females between the age of 6 and eight
have claimed that they wish to slimmer (McCabe, Marita&Lina 225). Teenage girls regularly
claim to be dissatisfied with their body weight. (Groesz, Lisa, Michael & Murnen 12) Argues
that girl fear to gain weight hence preoccupying their minds with losing weight. As a child grows
older, they tend to have a greater insight of things hence stops pretending compared to when they
are at a younger age. As a result, a teenage girl becomes more concern on their looks due to
exposure on social media. Even though social media is creating a lot of negative impact on
teenage girls on beauty and body image, magazines, as well as advertisements, are supposed to
help them through providing data as well as products that can help them feel better off. However,
those teenage girls who see the picture of a lady in the magazine are always depressed.
According to (Ricciardelli, Lina, McCabe & Banfield 190) teenage girls are grooved to view
themselves as objects that one has to look and evaluate. As a result, the teenage girls always feel
ashamed as well as develop some levels of dissatisfaction. Media has created a huge issue in the
society but can be changed. Media should stop masking and instead should use women of all

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Ahmet CAKIR Melissa EDWARDS ENG-121-IN2 10.24.2016 Mass media influence on youth Mass media influence on youth. As the exposure of teenagers to mass media increased, harmful results such as drinking at early ages, unplanned teen pregnancies or alcohol consumption among children would be inevitable. Since most of the sources we get information from on mass media is affected by the so called pop culture, teens reckon undesirable acts as typical and usual incidents. For instance, intervening in a fight for no valid reason, or involving in sexual relationships with random people before reaching the lawful age, and carrying guns and sneaking them into schools has started to be considered as creditable and admirable happenings among the youth. Nowadays, information that we gather from mass media has started to be affected by so-called pop culture considerably. Therefore, some very serious and undesirable events have started to be perceived quite normal by teens. For instance, involving in a fight without a valid reason, or engaging in sexual relationships with random people before reaching the lawful age, and carrying guns and sneaking them into schools are some of the acts that the youth thought as typical and usual. Teenagers feel insecure and upset about their looks is because of the intense body shaming and beauty standardizing that is exposed to people via mass media. The fact that teenagers feel insecure and upset about their looks is because of the intense body shaming and ...
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