The Media’s Negative Influence on Society There is a lot of controversy about how the media affects people, but in my opinion I think the influence we get is more negative than positive. The media is one of the things that impact people the most because in today’s society it is impossible to ignore. It influences the ways in which we dress, speak, act and think. Media is fed to us through movies, television, radio, social media, music, and magazines. I believe mass media is pressuring the way woman and girls want to look, twists reality, and is sexist towards woman without people even realizing.
Society shows women that they should try and fit in while media shows them that one must have certain things and look a certain way to fit in. Teenagers seem to be the most affected because not only are they being told that they are not good enough, but are also constantly reminded of their flaws and insecurities.
Michele Tian Mrs. Yasurek Language Arts Block1 14 May 2014 Negative Effects of Media on Self Image “Perfection is the disease of a nation” (“Beyonce- Pretty Hurts”). Self image is the idea someone has of themselves of their appearance and personality. Media has influenced societies to think differently and judge others by their looks. It has made young people believe that they are overweight (when they are not), ugly (when they are beautiful), and imperfect (whereas nobody is perfect). “Almost about seven out of ten women felt angrier and more depressed following the viewing of fashion model images” (“Media Influence”).
Anorexia and bulimia are one of the main causes along with the media as to why adolescent girls are always slightly underweight and devastating skinny. If the media didn’t interfere with adolescent perceptions, maybe one half of fourth grade girls wouldn’t be on a diet. Intense fear of becoming fat and distorted body images aren’t the kinds of thing we want our adolescents girls to become. To think about their appearance and weight 24/7 isn’t right. The media should stop publicizing young female bodies and telling them what beauty is perceived to them.
Gender stereotyping has been ongoing throughout history. The media has been distorting views by representing gender unrealistically and inaccurately. It created an image of what "masculinity" or "femininity" should be like and this leads to the image being "naturalized" in a way (Gail and Humez 2014). The media also attempts to shape their viewers into something ‘desirable’ to the norm. This essay will focus on the negative impacts of gender-related media stereotypes by looking at the pressures the media sets on both women and men, and also considering the impacts on children.
A major one, that we are exposed to from birth, is objectifying images of women in the media. Particularly in commercials, magazines, and popular music women are used as props. Their bodies are dissected and exposed in ways that remove their humanity. They are shown as being submissive and easily overpowered. If the heterosexual male gaze continues to define commercial media women will continue to be seen as lesser than their male counterparts because,these images instill a lack of respect for the female gender in both men and women starting from a very early age.
From WWII and onwards there has been a steady increase in the number of news corporations, which in turn has caused an increase in viewpoints on news coverage. Americans get this biased view of current world events because owners as well as reporters deliberately sway the facts to reflect their view on the event whether that is more liberal or conservative. The major news and media companies in the United States all have different political agendas that they must follow when reporting on current events especially the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are several reasons why news corporations report tainted facts and information and some of these are more complicated than others. The first example is “partiality, favoritism, and one-sidedness.
Constantly surrounded by Barbie’s perfect body image can take a toll on one’s self-esteem and body perception. According to psychiatrists worldwide, “Barbie is the number one most destructive force on the self-image of women all over the globe.” (Lieberman) Girls started thinking that if they did not have the Barbie body physique they were unattractive and needed to change themselves in order to become beautiful. Attempting to become perfect is a long and unattainable goal that can be stressful and lead to depression and body dissatisfaction. Girls and women don’t realize that Barbie is unrealistic so they sometimes resort to drastic measures to achieve her look. In fact, if Barbie were real, she would be 5’9’’ and only weigh 110 pounds.
What’s Next Career In my eyes fashion is not only about the brand I wear or the expenses I paid for, it’s about the thrill and utter excitement I experience rummaging through my closet searching for the perfect outfit. I view fashion as more than just a hobby, I survey it as my duty to inspire others to venture out and find their own personal style. The career I’ve chosen is a Retail Buyer. It is the task of a buyer to go off to trade conventions and look for clothing to display at their store. However it takes more than just shopping, it is their job to examine each article of fabric and decide whether it will capture the attention of the people, from that the buyer chooses if it will be sent out for the world to see or not.
Having a good body image helps an individual improve oneself. Negative body image or Body Image Dissatisfaction is when people feel uncomfortable and not satisfied with their looks and they think and see about themselves in a negative way (ReachOut, 2015). It consists of a deformed perception of body size or shape, also feelings of awkwardness, shame and anxiety about the body. Body image dissatisfaction is common to children, adolescents and older women. According to National Institute on Media and the Family (2015) at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are "unhappy with their bodies”.