Media Negative Effects

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Are Media Platforms Driving a Negative Society? On average, Social networking is bad for society because it portrays unattainable standards, provokes unhealthy behavior, and can result in depression and or suicide therefore, commentary should be banned. Social networking has built standards so high that most people cannot attain. One spectrum of this problem starts on reality tv. According to Macmillan Dictionary, the true meaning of reality tv is,“Television programs that do not use professional actors but shows real events and situations involving ordinary people.” (Macmillan n.pag.). This definition had an opposite outcome after America contorted its true meaning to gain viewers and publicity. Instead, today’s society focuses on likes,…show more content…
One example of social networking influencing imperfect bodies is the publication of magazines. Inside Vogue, Nylon, People Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, there lies editors’ believed beauty ideals. The issue with magazines is that they are thoroughly based on opinions and filled with peoples perspectives. Most readers do not see this flaw and are bombarded with the “perfect” body that media idolizes. Throughout American history, people have admired a skinny body and a slim figure. According to New York Times, “There has been a progression towards thinner and thinner models in ads and magazines: twenty years ago, the average model weighed 8 per cent less than the average woman – but today’s models weigh 23 percent less” (Simmons n.pag.). The dramatic increase of percentage in thinness is alarming for future generations. Not only does this mean that the body has been prioritized as more important to this generation, but to reach this high of a standard is harder. By putting ads in magazines to promote healthy weight and self worth, readers are more aware of these unattainable ideals. Though opposers may add that even if people take away commenting on media sites there will still be pictures provoking unrealistic body types. But, though this may be true, not allowing people's negative input on these pictures will be beneficial to boost ones’ confidence. As stated by Kevin Wallsten, a Berkeley graduate focusing on political science says: “anonymous comments are assumed to exert a strong influence over Internet users. The number of effects attributed to anonymous comments is long and varied. In some accounts, anonymity allows for the kind of “cyberbullying” that produces low self-esteem and feelings of alienation in vulnerable members of online communities” (Wallsten n.pag.). Together America’s society needs to promote healthy bodies by obliterating uncivil remarks added by
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