Youth Culture Essay

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YOUTH CULTURE What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Youth Culture?’ Youth Culture is the way of living of adolescents; it refers to the body of norms, values, and appropriate guide lines to actions. But what’s unique about youth culture is that it specifies only to adolescents, and is different from the cultures of older generations. It’s the way that teens believe that they should act like, and look like. And if you don’t look or act like these other teens, then you’re suddenly not good enough. Youth Culture is summed up by the beliefs, behavior, styles, and interests of adolescents. Youth culture also has a huge impact on today’s society, and affects many teen girls today. Sociologists have discovered a uniquely American disease that they call “affluenza.” This term refers to the stress and related disorders that develop from Americans need to constantly spend money on materials and possessions to better self-improvement. To be considered ‘pretty’ you have to be a tall white woman with blonde hair and blue eyes. “I am on this stage because I am a pretty, white woman, and in my industry we call that a sexy girl,” says Cameron Russel on her Ted Talk. While people in poorer countries can’t pay for surgery that they need to survive, Americans spend millions on surgery to make them look better. For example, the number of breast surgeries increased five hundred and ninety-three percent from 1992 to 2002 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Magazines geared toward woman are filled with cosmetic advertisement, which targets women in their teens to thirties. Its main contents are make-up, jewelry, fashion design, and celebrities. Many of the ads are for designer clothes, such as Versace and Prada. "I found out that of the 13-year old girls in the United States, 53 percent don't like their bodies, and that number goes to 78

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