Media Influence On Teenagers

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The power and presence of the media ensures that what is seen, heard and experienced in and through the media influence the behavior of teenagers whether they are conscious of it or not. It is clear that media is the one thing that cannot be taken out from the lives of most teenagers. Teenagers are naturally curious. Faced with many choices and challenges, they often look for direction and guidance on how they can live their lives in today 's society. As such, they are particularly influenced to the media messages of behavior as acceptable, unacceptable, or normal. Since large parts of these messages are in pictures and stories, the power of the media in guiding the behavior of teenagers has increased. While the media has the capacity to teach behaviors’ that reflect positive social values, the majority of the research on the influence of media on teens has focused on the cause and effect relationship between the portrayal of immoral or dangerous conduct on the media and the resulting negative teen behavior. Media is a very powerful tool, which can lead teenagers on their journey through life. This has created tension between parents who have positive expectations for their teenagers and teenagers who view such expectation as hopelessly outdated. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the influence of media on teenagers, especially how the media shapes the behavior of teens. The literature on the influence of media on teenagers is vast and most of them have focused on the

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