Effect of Media On the Youth
Exposure to media is challenging to avoid in these present times. With the fast pacing development of technology and ongoing world politics, it’s no surprise to see a device held in everyone’s hands. The older generation of our society is generally less prone to being affected by media, for they’ve lived the majority of their life with primitive technology and are more accustomed to it than today’s advanced digital world. Meanwhile, our newer generation has been exposed to advanced technology and media for most of their life and are consequently more affected by it. Media is a big part of our lives, and without it we feel lost and oblivious to what’s happening in communities and around the globe. Yet, there are both advantages and disadvantages of the youth’s fixation with technology and exposure to media.
The first advantage of media on the youth is that it raises awareness of the situations on the earth. While books raise awareness of situations in more depth, digital media is more updated on events. The youth gets to discover situations that are happening around the globe instead of the events taking place inside their home. It teaches them all the political, economical, environmental, technological, and military occurrences and news around the globe. There’s no doubt that media has also been teaching us the most fundamental pieces of our knowledge and skills, such as collaborating and engaging in online organizations, or the little comment threads and tweets about news.
Secondly, media gives us an opportunity to expand our social and communication skills. If some people are socially awkward, media will give them social support and will allow them to adapt to the society better. Hence, it will boost their confidence and encourage them to communicate their ideas, which is a skill that is beneficial in all areas. Plus, media allows us the connect with long distance friends and contact emergencies quickly, which shows that media is a crucial feature in our lives.
Despite the advantages of media, many disadvantages come with it. Firstly, offensive and violent media, which include video games and movies with scary genres, has made the depiction of violence normal for many children. This sometimes perplexes them and makes it challenging for kids to distinguish between the real world and fantasy world; hence, it makes them more prone to being aggressive.
Furthermore, media tends be very commercial these days. Companies aim at children and teenagers because they are innocent and are easier to manipulate. When youngsters see a new product, they believe that they must buy it in order to be happy. Thus, it makes them think that consumerism is happiness
Another disadvantage of media is the physical and emotional pressure it implements on young people. Media networks create their own depiction of superficial beauty, which stresses young people out by convincing them that they must look like that model on the magazine cover, or else they’re not beautiful. This has led to youngsters, mainly teenage girls, into getting eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, and getting emotional breakdowns. Also, many children are so fixated with media that they don’t move around- which leads to the obvious case of obesity.
We can avoid the unpleasant effects of media by limiting ourselves to follow the type of media that will benefit us, such as educational or motivational sources. People need to identify what media is bad and good, and they need to control themselves so that they follow the type of media that is beneficial for them. In the end, avoiding media that will make us feel unworthy will serve us by putting less stress in our lives.