Influence Of Media Influence Teenagers

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Do not under estimate the role that society through media play in influencing and shaping teenage behaviour. However, if a teenager is consciously aware of media influence, and has a solid value and belief system, they would be able to handle media pressure better by sifting though the good and ignoring the bad and being savvy consumers of media messages. However, this does not exclude the possibility of being influenced by media.
Media, whether written, broadcast, or spoken—reaches a large audience. This includes television, radio, advertising, movies, the Internet, newspapers, and magazines.

People all over the world use the media every day. Whether it's using a computer, watching TV, reading a newspaper, talking on the phone, or listening
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Facebook is the most common, with nearly everyone with an internet connection registered and visiting at least 4 times a week. Facebook is popular as one can interact with friends on a wide scale. On the other hand, teenagers do not use twitter but are very active on Instagram . When teenagers posts get lots of “likes” on social media, their brains respond in a similar way to seeing loved ones or winning the money. YouTube (videos and some use it as a music player by having a video with the music they want to listen to playing in the background) was found to have the most positive impact, while Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter all demonstrated negative affects overall on young people's mental health. Instagram is the most detrimental media app for teenagers mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, according to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK .Instagram draws young women to "compare themselves to unrealistic, filtered and photoshopped versions of reality," Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren't good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look 'perfect’ by removing flaws and imperfections. Unfortunately, most of the media that teenagers are exposed to do not show people in a realistic way. There is no question that media is very popular, convenient and immediately gratifying way to …show more content…
The influence that media has on self-esteem and body image is widely acknowledged as a contributing factor to the development of disordered eating. While there are exceptions, generally media indorses undesirable things such as substance abuse, violence, anger, sadness, unhappiness, but good things also flow like happiness, love, humanity, and valuable information. The media teaches teenagers that violence is acceptable. In video games, the way to beat an opponent is to punch, kick, or knock him out. In some video games, you might even kill your opponent. In movies, the good guy wins when he violently defeats his enemy. This is often is carried through in relationships where teenagers imitate similar behaviour. Media often and very openly target teenagers and involve sex. Reality TV shows and teen dramas often portray the "cool kids" as the ones who are having sex and in all likelihood these teens to have sex or engage in sexual acts if they see similar sexual behaviour in the

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