The Harmful Effects Of Advertisements On Youth Essay

1476 Words Nov 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Advertisements are extremely influential, they play on our emotions, on our desires, and on our weaknesses. An advertisement is a way for a company to endorse their products or services in order to gain familiarity in hope of more business. Advertisements are seen on all forms of media, most notably tv commercials, magazines, websites, etc. However because of the power that advertisements hold on an individual especially a child, society must reconsider what should be allowed to be advertised on such a mass scale. Alcoholic beverages are one of the most advertised products in today’s culture. In fact according to a recent study at University of Texas at Austin “Spending on alcohol ads have shot up 400% over the last four decades.” (Kaufman). It is one thing for an adult of legal age to view alcohol ads in media, but when an adolescent is exposed to so much, it is detrimental to their development. Using statistics and studies on the effects of advertisements on youth it will be clear that alcohol advertisements need restrictions for the greater good of society and today’s youth. In today’s society there is an extreme amount of pressure on adolescents to grow up. Kids are experimenting with drugs and alcohol much more frequently and at much younger ages. Part of the reason for this is how exposed they are to alcohol in media. “Before graduating high school, students will spend about 18,000 hours in front of a television- more time then they will spend in school. During…

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