Granting everybody is being affected; teenagers are more vulnerable to the media and suffer the highest impact. This is because; they are exposed to the media eight hours a day typically. They spend more time under the media’s influence than with parents; instructors, or even friends; as a result, these deliberate and unsettling messages rendered by the media are demolishing the mentality of teenagers today as it alters their views of the world and their place in it. Teenagers feel immense pressure to mimic the twisted images being shown by the media. Even though, these images that are being presented are, in fact, unrealistic and unattainable to the majority of the people watching it.
The media has an affect on all age groups from children to teenagers and young adults, and from older adults to senior citizens. The media affects society through multiple ways rather it be a book a TV show or just a normal Sunday paper. There are many different ways and opportunities for the media to influence our society through these types of media. One way society is affected because the TV and other types of media allow businesses and companies to advertise there products or company from have an add on a commercial on the TV or radio or having your add on a page in the paper or magazine. This allows businesses to influence their customers to buy from or some how use their business rather than other businesses.
Many alcohol advertisements are placed in different types of media that are popular among adolescent.” They spend billions of dollars in developing an advertisement to capture the publics’ eye, especially the young adolescents. The alcohol industry target a specific group mainly teenagers, but they don’t realize is that all of the colorful effects, the music, and the atmosphere of fun and excitement makes the teenagers want to take a shot or two. At John Hopkins University made a estimate, “the likely effects of several alcohol policies on youth drinking behavior in the U.S. population concluded that a complete ban on alcohol advertising would be the most effective, resulting in 7,609 fewer deaths from harmful drinking and a 16.4% drop in alcohol-related life-years lost.” Banning alcohol commercials can affect the life of young adolescents and adults by not having the influence or the temptation in front of you will decrease the amount of drinking in teens. Commercials have a lot of power over a person’s judgment persuading them to act like different
There are many factors that can affect the way we speak such as: age, gender, familiarity, background, friendship groups and education. Another factor that can affect our language is the media. For example through T.V programmes and the internet many teenagers have picked up words such as ‘dude’, ‘OMG’ or ‘fail’ etc. By observing my language I realised that I have adopted these words and use them often in casual conversation. It has been especially noticed by my friends that I use the word ‘dude’ very frequently, this could be due to the fact that American phrases are being passed on more easily than before through the internet, making it easier for teenagers to pick up.
Positive ads such as “friends don’t let friends drive drunk” and the NAACP slogan “a mind is a terrible thing to waste” will help raise the conscience level of young people and make them think more about how their actions affect other people. Making advertisements such as this government promoted and allowing them to air during the peak viewing hours of television will expose them to a large group of the target population. Since the emergence of facebook, youtube, blogging, vloging etc children have been exposed to more than they have ever been in the past. The big powerhouse sites such as
I believe excessive use of social media is more dangerous for young adults because the part of the brain that does the decision making is still growing and developing. Since our brains are placid they can be misused and can grow in unhealthy ways, this includes the excessive use of social media. I agree with the article that social media can cause loss of creativity because it is easy to copy someone else’s photos or style. Teens don’t have to be creative when they can look up anything they want. The problem with social media that was not mentioned in the article was the companies producing the social media.
The way that the American culture is in this current time every aspect of life is somehow connected to the internet and the consumption of news and reports are no different. The way people consume the news on the internet is a completely different experience then it is watching the news. Some news channels even offer more in depth details about a story that way aired on television on their website. They also use the website to provide the citizens with news that did not make the airing of the broadcast as well. When journalist and news reporters take advantage of the media they reach a broader audience because this is the age of the internet.
In today’s society, people are told exactly what to do from how they should dress to what they should drive. It is nearly impossible for one to avoid the amount of media and propaganda in their daily lives. People have become addicts to this media driven world and have turned into someone that can no longer think for themselves. As victims of the media, we as the society should have the rights to judge whether the commercials and advertisements are manipulative or are they actually produced for our benefits. Adolescents, teenagers, and children are the age groups that are most prone to being manipulated by movies, propaganda, and advertisements.
On the negative side it can insulate bad behaviour and attitude among the youth. Children should be encouraged to choose music videos th at are beneficial to them. The majority of music videos fans are teenagers and young adults, who are in an impressionable period of their lives. This can also turn into anti-social behaviour Music videos have been around for years from different culture. There has been a massive change in the music industry.
Negative influences include violence, inappropriate lyrics, and celebrities that set a bad example in society. The popular culture has a strong influence in shaping the youth and teens. Kids in most cultures around the world, play video games, watch movies and dramas, or listen to music that shapes their interests. This affects their choices and, in turn, affects their futures. Teens and youth are exposed to many advertisements that show the cultural standard.