How Does Media Affect The Media

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It’s a typical Sunday night. My roommates and I are sitting in the common room awaiting the new Kardashian episode. I sit, engaged and listening to the conversation around me. We speak about our day, our classes, what we ate, if we worked out. All of our statements, I realize, are brought back to ourselves, and are followed by a put down. “I’m so hungry, but I ate so much today. I can’t eat anymore.” Or “How is she (a female on TV) so skinny? Why can’t I look like that?” Followed by “she is probably anorexic.” As these words are said, I realize that our reactions, feelings and statements are caused by our responses to what we are seeing on TV. It brings one to question, has the media created these societal pressures that we are all subconsciously …show more content…
The influence of the media on ones body image was studied in children (for the purpose of this paper, I will be focusing on girls). The article “Media Influence on the Body Image of Children and Adolescents” By Z. Lawrie, et al. states that “The implications of childhood exposure to the mass media, which portrays these particular images of body size and shape, are concerning, as there is an increased probability of the child becoming discontent with his or her body if his or her appearance differs from the so-called norm.” This study focuses on children from ages 9-14. These are the ages during which perception of ones self is being molded, meaning that one is especially open to and influenced by the media’s ideal of beauty at this age. As shown above, if children do not fit into the standards and ideals set by the media, there is a greater probability of body discontentment. This exposure expands beyond media with young children being bombarded with body image ideals through the toys they are given to play …show more content…
However, negative implications of these feeling manifest themselves differently at different ages. How these manifestations expose themselves, is discussed in “Media Influences On Attitudes And Perceptions Toward The Body Among Adult Men And Women” by M. P. McCabe, et al. This study states, “These thin body images have become normalized, and it is claimed that they contribute to the level of distorted perceptions and attitudes that women have of their body.” Within this study of medias affect on body image in adults, woman were asked to rate, on a scale what they think their body looks like, what they want it to look like (their “ideal” body) and what they think bodies in the media look like. This study concludes that most women, regardless of the level of media exposure and their BMI, overestimated the size of all parts of their body (perceived actual). However, women’s ideal size of their body, was smaller than their actual and their perceived actual size, for all body parts. ” (M. P. McCabe, et al). These articles show that starting from an early age and through out woman’s lives, they have no idea what a healthy body looks like. This is because they are shown images through the media of what is projected as normal. So, when woman were confronted with the task of molding what they think their body looks like, even if their bodies were similar to those on television, they still overestimated their

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