Media Influence on Youth

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Media Influence on Youth http://www.crisisconnectioninc.org/teens/media_influence_on_youth.htm BODY IMAGE Young girls are being deluged by media images of skinny models: Girls are becoming weight conscious as young as 8 years old 80% of 9 year olds are on diets Eating disorders have grown 400% since 1970 In a recent survey by Teen People magazine, 27% of the girls felt that the media pressures them to have a perfect body. A 1996 poll conducted by Saatchi and Saatchi found that ads made women fear being unattractive or old. By the time a young person is 17 years old, they have received over 250,000 commercial messages through the media. 69% of girls in one study said that magazine models influence their idea of a perfect body shape. Many males are becoming insecure about their physical appearance as advertising and other media images raise the standard and idealize well- built men. Researchers are seeing an alarming increase in obsessive weight training and the use of anabolic steroids & dietary supplements that promise bigger muscles and more stamina for lifting. Studies are finding that boys, like girls, may turn to smoking to lose weight TEENS AND SEX Three out of four teens say ‘TV shows and movies make it seem normal for teenagers to have sex.’ Young teens (ages 13-15) rank entertainment media as the top source of information about sexuality and sexual health Four out of ten teenagers say they have gotten ideas for how to talk to their boyfriends and girlfriends about sexual issues from the entertainment media. The American Psychological Association estimates that teens are exposed A recent report from the Center for Media & Public Affairs found music videos to contain more sex per minute than any competing media genre. A study of 4,294 network television commercials found that nearly one in 4
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commercials includes some type of sexual attractiveness as a base for the message. Young teens (13-15) indicate that a major source of sex education is from tv. VIOLENCE The Mediascope National Television Violence Study found that children are: learning aggressive attitudes and behaviors becoming desensitized to real world violence developing a fear of being victimized by violence Many of the programs that children watch send the message that a conflict always involves a winner and a loser. On television, perpetrators go unpunished 73% of the time. This gives the message that violence is a successful method of resolving conflicts. 47% of all violent interactions on TV depict no harm to victims. 58% show no pain Only 16% of all broadcast programs show the long-term negative effects of violence. Source:
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