Media Influence On Teens

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Teens today are unlike the generations that preceded them. Generation Z has the unique ability to access any information whenever they choose to. They have access to entirely all information at the click of a button. Generation Z is linked to the world through Facebook, Instagram, and numerous other applications. According to American Academy of Pediatrics, youth spend seven plus hours a day using media which has them very “concerned with the potential negative effects” that could be a result of their usage. This social media presence has become a dominant force in today’s world. Professionals around the United States question how the media effects teens social behaviors and what can be done to aid in the transformation of these results. Media…show more content…
The Parkland School Shooting has been in the news lately which has resulted in a heated political discussion on gun control. The face of the anti-gun control movement has been Emma Gonzalez, a senior who attends Parkland High School. The Washington Post describes Emma’s voice “to boom louder than those of the National Rifle Association and President Trump” (Washington Post, 2018). Gonzalez has become a social media icon with over 1 million twitter followers. She uses this as a platform to share and promote her ideas which has resulted in many other teens joining in. Social media can make teenagers more informed citizens, something that other generations have lacked in (American Press Institute, 2015). Generation Z has been ingulfed by the media, but it has affected them in positive ways. In fact, 69% of millennials get on the news daily and 85% say keeping up with news is important to them (American Press Institute, 2015). This politically involved generation is partially a result of social…show more content…
According to Dr. Michael Rich, social media can “result in girls (and guys) obsessing about their visible, but superficial characteristics and becoming unhappy with their appearance.” This is a result of these teens over using media applications and comparing themselves to other users. What many don’t realize is that social media posts are a “highlight reel” of a person’s life, therefore it doesn’t make sense to compare yourself to another individual (Michael Rich, 2014). Because of this comparison teenagers suffer from low self-esteem, depression, and social anxiety (Child Mind Institute). Social Psychiatrist, Ethan Cross, found that using Facebook may even make us more miserable. And he isn’t the only one who believes this, in fact, people who self-report more social media usage have increased reports of
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