Media Influence On Teenage Girls

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Media has had a great effect on the way teenage girls view themselves today. Celebrities and supermodels have influences on teenage girls, influencing them to become thinner or beautiful. Magazines, advertisements and TV shows or movies is a way media influences teenage girls to look at themselves and question how they look. (Mokeyane, 2012). Magazines portray the perfect young girls and teenagers believe that they should look like them, and behave like them as well. This leads teenage girls to question their decisions in life, and how they should look. (Teenagers And The Media, 2014). According to The National Eating Disorders Association, “teens are encouraged to place more importance on their appearance than is perhaps healthy for a balanced…show more content…
This could be due to the constant imagery of sexual behaviour on the television, magazines or commercials. A study by the Rand Corporation in 2004 showed, that watching TV with sexual contents is associated with teenagers have sexual interactions at a young age. What the media fails to show is the consequences of these actions. This makes teenagers have a, “distorted view of reality” (Wile, 2014). In TV shows or movies it is always the cool kids that have sex or engage in sexual behaviours. This not only targets teens to be involved in sexual behaviour, but it also targets them into being cool. (Ransohoff, 2013). According to medical senior writer Daniel J.DeNoon, he says if you watch more than two hours of television a day without parental input, this can lead to teens having sex at a young age. A few years ago showing your ankles might have been very bad, but during the course of the years it has changed. Now models and celebrities are half naked on the cover of magazines, or trying to sell a product. (Fernchild,…show more content…
Teens spend more time on any type of media than they do with their parents. According to Common Sense Media, “ Kids who watch a lot of TV have a smaller vocabularies and lower test scores in school”, these kids also don’t read has well as kids that watch less TV. Due to other studies, it is said that, teens with TV´s in their bedroom do worse in schoolwork than those who don’t have a TV in their bedroom, and teens with computers did better than those, who don’t have computers. (Ransohoff, 2013). (Knorr,
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