INFLUENCE ON THE YOUTH
Hailey Hechtman ( 13 y/o - Newmarket - Ontario - Canada )
Movies, Magazine and Music Video's are some of the many ways
today's young adults are influenced. By creating an image appealing
to teens the media and its multiple division's control the variety
of material teens incorporate in their daily lives. Teens allow
themselves to follow along the trends because of their quest
of self-affirmation and discovery. This is the reason style is
directed towards adolescents for their vulnerability and desires
to, "fit in."
In the past year, the media, its entertainment industries and
fashion designers have created an image containing a more negative
look for our youth occupying sexuality, violence, coarser language
and revealing clothing. It is this distinctive style that has
parents, teachers and even some young adults worried.
Music Videos and Lyrics imply that teens, especially female teens
should feel free to be sexually active and expose such great
amounts of skin are working and sex is becoming the style at
a young age.
Girls as young as 13 are increasingly adding to the amount of
younger pregnancies because of such effective media influences.
Not only is the media encouraging sexual promiscuity they are
influential to the degrading of women in their videos. Such images
as half clothed women dancing wet on bars, to women bathing men
in disclosed bikinis. Does this sound right? Why is the media
- convincing teens
that this is life?
Then to coarse language or swearing is another threatening issue
in today's society. Children as early as the age of 6 are unnaturally
effected by this topic and usage of inappropriate language is
becoming an outlet for aggravated teens and kids.
The current style of clothing and of makeup is both revealing
and overdone, which in the 70's would have been viewed as prostitution.
Definitely not expectable! Clothing such as hip-huggers and low-rider
jeans not only effect people's perception on your individualism
but also even take responsibly for health issues. In resent studies,
doctors and chiropractors
- detected more
that more of their patients encountering back problems where
women who in fact would wear low, tight jeans.
After all the negative points about the media in this one article
I do have a few positive remarks in behalf of the media. "Smoking
kills", "Don't drink and Drive", "Don't do
Drugs" and The Kids Help Phone are some of the many ways
that help today's youth learn of the consequences of misbehavior
that can kill.
- I leave you
only with a message from a Kids Help Phone poster: " because
homosexuality, suicide and ecstasy are not usually what comes
up around the dinner table."