The Negative Aspects of the Media

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The Media and health issues go hand in hand with one another. “The world depicted in commercials is one of people striving to be thinner, better looking, and richer. Honesty doesn’t pay, conformity rules, and thinking of others is for wimps” (Day 84-85). Young men and women rely heavily one the media for advice on relationships, the latest trends, and even what to eat and what not to eat. The media tries its best to provide the most accurate and trustworthy information to these young men and women, but there was and will always be that one commercial or advertisement that would’ve been better off not being seen or heard. Furthermore, the media promotes unwanted behavior under teenagers. “Advertising teaches a superficial, live-for-the-moment philosophy that can influence already rebellious teenagers” (Day 85). This leads to teenagers running away from home, getting married in Vegas, or even becoming hippies who live in a van. The media is a part of the everyday life of a teenager. For example, teenagers are on their phones constantly, checking their Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and MySpace for any gossip that might fulfill their needs. Teenagers tend to prey on the troubles of others and rely on the media to exploit these troubles and gain ultimate satisfaction. These burning desires impact their mental and physical well being, for both the teenager who is doing the dirty work and the teenager who is being targeted. Furthermore, teenagers tend to be very insecure about their own bodies and the media enjoys flashing a desirable body in their faces with the use of magazines and websites. Likewise, this leads to an ashamed view of ones own body and overall personality. Therefore, the media has a direct impact on both the...

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