Teens: Effects Of Pop Culture On Teenagers

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Effects of Pop Culture on Teenagers Pop culture is something that everyone has been exposed to at one point or another. The Cambridge dictionary defines pop culture as, “music, TV, cinema, books, etc. that are popular and enjoyed by ordinary people, rather than experts or very educated people” (“Definition of "pop culture" - English Dictionary”). In our society, all of these things can be easily accessed by any person with a smartphone, which is roughly 77 percent of Americans (Smith, Aaron. “Record shares of Americans now own smartphones, have home broadband”). This makes it nearly impossible for the average individual to avoid exposer to some form of pop culture. With so much accessibility to various types of media, our society is affected…show more content…
Seventy-five percent of teenagers now own cell phones, and 25% use them for social media, 54% use them for texting, and 24% use them for instant messaging” (O'Keeffe, Gwenn Schurgin, et al. “The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families”). When you see just how often teenagers are exposed to so many media outlets on a daily basis, you have to look at both the positive and negative effects that such a large platform may have on…show more content…
“Social media sites allow teens to accomplish online many of the tasks that are important to them offline: staying connected with friends and family, making new friends, sharing pictures, and exchanging ideas. Social media participation also can offer adolescents deeper benefits that extend into their view of self, community, and the world” (O'Keeffe, Gwenn Schurgin, et al. “The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families”). However, having so many people being able to have access to a platform can also have negative percussions. “There is a lot of great information available online for young people to use while doing homework, caring for pets, doing hobbies, investigating private health or sexuality issues, and many other topics. But there is also bad information.” (Health, Office of Adolescent. “February 2016: Teens' Social Media
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