Essay On Effects Of Media On Self Esteem

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Media is something that has been welcomed into the daily lives of people with what seems to be no age limits. What is concerning about this excessive media use is the negative outcomes that go hand in hand with media use. With the rise of the Social Media Age more researchers are investigating the influence that media exposure has on young women. This research has proven that certain forms of media has a negative effect on self-esteem and body image. This essay will analyze sociological studies on the impact magazines, television, and the internet leave on young women. Specifically, these forms of media have proven to lower women’s overall body satisfaction in body image, self-esteem and internalizations. Using social comparison theory these …show more content…
Polce-Lynch, Meyers, Kliewer, and Kilmartin asked about an overall media influence across 5th, 8th, and 12th grade boys and girls. The method of doing a cross-sectional survey allowed the researchers to look at three very different groups of children which makes it easy to generalize the findings. Second, Clay, Dittmar, and Vignoles asked if specially the models as a medium would influence body image. This is a significant question because these models that are considered to be societies beauty ideal, and more importantly it is hard to ignore, these models can be seen in more than just fashion magazines. Whether or not just seeing the models can affect body image would be a very serious finding. Also, Tiggemann asked if television or magazines affected body image, and to what extent there is a difference between the two mediums. This is an important question because deciphering a difference between two different mediums could help with prevention of low body image levels. If it is known which medium is worse than others different approaches can be made to minimize the effects. Similarly, Kim and Lennon asked about the correlation between body image and media exposure. This is a general yet important question because this study used different forms of media (several magazines and television) and looked at college aged females, who are they group that majority of beauty ads …show more content…
Polce-Lynch et al. asked what were possible predictors for an influence in self-esteem. This is significant because if predictors are known there could be a way to minimize or prevent any sort of self-esteem level depletion in young females. Clay et al. asked if models affected self-esteem, also this study focused on if there was a correlation between self-esteem and body satisfaction. This is important because if seeing these models will change your self-esteem that could change the way society would internalize the images that is presented to them. Tiggemann asked if self-esteem is a moderator for internalization of thin ideals. This is important because if self-esteem does in fact moderate internalization it would alter the understanding on the topic, causing for more research to be done. Kim and Lennon asked if self-esteem can be affected by television or magazines. This is a general question, yet it is very similar to the other questions involving self-esteem. This is significant because this topic must be of clear importance if it has to be researched in so many different

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