Within the last decade, social media platforms have become a popular form of self-representation and self-expression, primarily amongst most teens and twenty-somethings. Selfies, self-portraits, have become a popular trend in social media that have replaced portraits with self-enhanced pictures. Selfies "capture and preserve ourselves in [a] material[istic] way", through self-awareness from a controlled "projected awareness" (Suler 175). This allows the artist to create their own identity, allowing their self-portraits to reveal what they want their audience to see. Meanwhile, detaching themselves from the body and objectifying their pictures through the eyes of the audience.
People tend not to sometimes love the body they were created in because of the way the media culture has acculturated certain body shapes and sizes. Body image refers to a person’s mental representation of their body. The way people view their body mentally can either be positive or negative. In today’s society where the media culture and celebrities dominate almost everything including a certain way people should look, have made most people have a negative body image. As a result of people having negative body image, it has contributed too many eating disorders, low self-esteem and low self-confidence.
Media Influence on Body Image Outline Preface: The old adage says that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, however, in recent times the obsession of a signified perfect body has been escalated by media greatly. While most communities teach young individuals that physical beauty does not matter as compared to the inner beauty, this seems to contradict the same as depicted by media through reality shows, billboards, magazines, and a myriad of other platforms. In recent studies, body image perceptions have thus resulted to eating disorders amongst both females and males alike more likely affecting the teenagers and the young adults. This study thus seeks to determine the relationship between the media, body image, and eating disorders. Thesis Statement: Individual acceptance is a norm widely accepted across different societies, however, in recent development the portrayal of the perfect body image through media platforms has caused great body dissatisfactions and consequently leading to eating disorders amongst teenagers and young adults.
Advertisements that display women as sexual objects cripple the mental progress of women. Young minds are susceptible to influence from social platforms. Consequently, the messages conveyed from these videos instill the dependence of women on the male species. The need to gratify a man’s desire places the woman at a state of submission. In addition to this, the phenomenon causes distortion of the views behind sexual relations.
Therefore, unlike the case for body dissatisfaction in females, this effect is not greater in males already dissatisfied with their muscularity (Cash and Smolak 103-104). The effect of the media on gender is also repeated by Levine and Harrison that the effect weighed more heavily on females than males (505). However, the media is still capable of inciting body dissatisfaction in adolescent boys and men when it comes to the lean and muscular body ideal. Therefore, how both genders are influenced by the mass media in terms of perception of their body image, is shown to be more prevalent in females. In the area of ethnicity, Levine and Harrison stated that when it comes to the influence of media exposure, White, Anglo and European-American individuals are much more strongly affected as compared to African Americans (505).
As a result of rappers being so influential it makes others easily convinced. Over the years rap culture has changed from being motivational to a negative industry. The more time teens spend watching videos put them further at risk as they are more likely to engage in careless or in some cases illegal activities. Once known as a inspirational outlet and a way for people to express their everyday struggles rap has since become extremely controversial and deceptive to the youth. One of the biggest negative effects rap music has is the promotion of drug sells and usage.
Introduction: Today, many young women are faced with the dreadful pressure imposed by the unregulated modeling and advertising industries that are promoting unrealistic body images. Our society is swamped with images of the “perfect body”, with the use of Photoshop and ultra-thin female models, to which many teenagers want to conform to. Because of the urge to reach the unachievable body stereotype, more regulations of the modeling and advertising industry should therefore be made, in order to protect the most vulnerable teenagers, affected both psychologically and physically. Freedom of speech and expression Although it is fair to believe that the modeling and advertising industry possibly harm many teenagers’ physical and psychological
One of these negatives that has become an issue is that being able to constantly see what others are doing or what the new trend in American pop culture is, people constantly judge themselves based on what other people think or are doing at that moment. Anyone can get on social media and post something that can be hurtful to another person just because they want to bring someone down. People can no longer escape from others because the social media presence in this country has become so overwhelmingly important and sometimes addicting to people who cannot stray away from a screen. Another aspect of the negative effects that technology has had on American culture is the fact stated earlier that any answer or need can be found just a click away. Many people have asked, is technology making us stupid?
However, in today’s world it has detrimental impacts on the youth as a whole. In stores, people are often bombarded by magazines and other such items that display pictures and tips on how to become this “perfect” person. For guys it is this ripped, lean physique, and females skinny, and beautiful. This is nothing but a simple picture with some editing done, but it creates this feeling inside of youth that they are not good enough as they do not fit in with this category. This can also lead to becoming an outcast in society and viewed as weird, driving people to do terrible and even sometimes dangerous things.
Body image is a complicated aspect of the self-concept that concerns an individual 's perceptions and feelings about their body and physical appearance states Cash & Pruzinsky. Images in the media today project an unrealistic and even dangerous standard of feminine beauty. Advertising and the popular media show standards of impractical beauty that is almost completely impossible for most women to attain; majority of most models in advertisements are altered using such programs like photoshop. Representative Ros Lehtinen told his opinion to The Daily Beast. “Advertisers are photoshopping children in ads that encourage young women and men to attempt to replicate unrealistic or impossible bodies, leading to serious health problems like eating disorders.
Media depiction of the mentally ill is often exaggerated, which leads to the overall portrayal being misleading and generally inaccurate. The mentally ill are rejected on a daily basis as the media has quite a persuasive effect on the attitudes and perceptions of millions of citizens. Whether it is by means of news broadcasting, television shows or films, the media functions as a colossal source of misrepresentation with regard to the attributes of the
For a long time social media has been a part of society 's influence for negative body image. The individuals who are more influence generally speaking, are teenagers through the age of young adult women and men. Their faced daily with the Internet, magazines, and television. Depending on how self-conscious the person may be, all of this disposer to the media could lead them down the road to having depression and disordered eating structures. Even though it is true some social media and television entertainment promotes self-love and acceptance, there is an equal to or more than amounts of promoters for body shame over certain body types, suggesting that we change ourselves to fit in if we don 't already look the part.
The media 's glamorization of unhealthy bodies and lifestyles is causing unhealthy body images in teens. Because of the unhealthy images of the media it 's extremely important that in adolescent years that teenagers need to form healthy habits, as well as understanding what 's happening to their bodies. Most teenage girls age 15 to 19 are more likely to formating disorders