The Emotional Health Of Young Women Essay

1297 Words Dec 12th, 2016 6 Pages
According to studies done recently by DoSomething and the National Eating Disorders Association, 70% of girls believe that they are not good enough (“11 Facts,” 2015), 42% of first to third grade girls want to lose weight, and 81% of 10 year olds fear being overweight (“NEDA,” 2013). From this information, it is clear that there is a problem in the emotional health of young women. So, where does it stem from? There is no question that women 's emotional health has been affected by the media. Television, music, and social media all have a profound impact on people in general. A study done by Simon Sinek showed that when an individual hears a notification on their phone, a chemical called dopamine is released. This is the same chemical that is released when an addict receives the substance they are addicted to (“Simon Sinek”). Media can easily become an addiction, and it has created another way to feed the addiction of needing to be liked. Women seek approval. Pop culture and the entertainment industry are often regarded as having a negative effect on women. However, they can be both good and bad. Media has played a fundamental part in furthering feminism. Twitter, one of the most popularly used websites and apps, has changed the game. Women now have a world-wide platform to voice their concerns and opinions. Hashtags, such as #BringBackOurGirls (which has been tweeted and re-tweeted millions of times), have been used, not only to voice opinions, but to make a difference…

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