How Does The Media Affect The Minds Of Children, Teens, And Young Adults?

1415 Words May 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Staying true to oneself is a concept that most people continuously struggle with as they grow up. From the moment we are born, we are assigned a gender role based on our biological sex. We are then expected conform to these set of “rules,” these so called gender norms, that tell us how we should or should not act based on our sex. I believe that our society has definitely exaggerated the stereotypical male and female behaviors not only in the United States, but also around the world. We see these stereotypes portrayed and reinforced everywhere, especially in the media. According to the documentary, Miss Representation, “American teenagers spend 31 hours a week watching TV, 17 hours a week listening to music, 3 hours a week watching movies, 4 hours a week reading magazines, 10 hours a week online. That’s a 10 hours and 45 minutes of media consumption a day.” If we spend that many hours online, imagine how much the media is affecting the minds of children, teens, and young adults.
Being a sister to a nine year old girl, has definitely made me more aware of what and how the media portrays not only femininity but masculinity as well. We see stereotypes everywhere; from the news, to tv shows, to commercials, to movies, to magazines, and even in social media. The media alone puts so much emphasis on attractiveness that they are reinforcing this idea that it is beauty and not brains that matter. This results in young girls being unhappy with the way they look. They start to…

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