Teens: “Reality” vs. Reality

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Reality television has made a growing impact on many young teens’ lives. The truth is many teens’ and pre-teens do not understand the difference between the reality they see on television and the reality in the real world. They get the misconception that what they watch on reality television is how they should be living their lives, but they don’t see the side effects that can result from watching this type of media. The type of images that young adults are observing from the media can cause unclear messages. Reality television has a strong appeal to teens and pre-teens. Teens get the view that pregnancy, partying, and violence/drama is the way to go in life, but the reality of it is this kind of media can cause bad influences in many young adults’ lives. Teen pregnancy on reality television is sending out hazy communications to teens and pre-teens. This type of media tries to glamorize the situations of a real teen’s life, but many of those situations seem to be fabricated. Teens get the idea that when having a baby everything will come easy and they perceive an unrealistic idea of how hard teen pregnancy can be. A reality television show that shows the lives of teen parents is on a well-known channel called MTV. The producers of MTV came out with a new television series called 16 and Pregnant in 2009. The show located six pregnant teens and began to film them throughout their pregnancies. The show was meant to display what it was truly like to be a pregnant teenager. After the first season of 16 and Pregnant, they began to film a new series called Teen Mom. Teen Mom was filmed so it could show the same teen mothers and how their reality was when their lives with a baby really began to sink in. There were two case studies tha... ... middle of paper ... ...s 16 And Pregnant Prevent Or Promote Teen Pregnancy?.” Time. Com (2014): 1. Academic Search Premier. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. Hertz, Todd. “Mtv: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.” Campus Life 64.2 (2005): 50-53. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. “Is Reality TV Messing With Your Head.” Scholastic Choices 28.3 (2012): 12-17. Academic Search Premier. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. Russell, Cristel Antonia, and Dale W. Russell. “Alcohol Messages In Prime- Time Television Series.” Journal Of Consumer Affairs 43.1 (2009): 108-128. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 Apr. 2014 Strasburger, Victor C., and Edward Donnerstein. “Children, Adolescents, And The Media: Issues And Solutions.” Pediatrics 103.1 (1999): 129. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. Weller, Chris. "Welcome To My Un-Reality." Newsweek Global 162.6 (2014): 106-110. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.

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