Maybe it's the media's fault!
By: Carli Michelsen
Has media gone too far? Teens daily lives are being negatively affected by media. Teens are spending way too much time on media and not enough time outside with their families. Yes, media can be used for communication, but most of the time teens spend on media is unnecessary. With the amount of time teens are spending on media , there are more negative impacts than positive. One of the main effects media has on teens is health, but that could be changed if we spent less time on the media.
Teens health is being highly affected by spending too much time on the media. "From their waistlines to their wallets, American teens are getting fatter than ever."(Frank 1). When teens spend their day lying around on media, they usually eat junk food like soda, chips, and pizza. This can cause teens to get diabetes if they do that too often. "On average, teens spend eight hours a day surfing the' Net, talking or texting on the phone, and watching TV."(Frank 1). Spending that much time on the media is crazy and unhealthy. Spending this much time on the media leads to the effect of little excercise. Students shouldn't be spending this much time on media.
Although teens health is an issue with media, there is a way to fix it. One way to do this is by making sure you are getting a fair amount of exercise. This does not mean doing five sit-ups and going back to the TV. Take your dog for a walk, or go for a run. Another way to do this is by limiting your time on the media and taking breaks when you are on it. Don't spend eight hours a day on media, that is 1/3 of your day! When you are on the media take breaks every now and then to do something productive like playing a game(not on the media!) or doing homework. If you follow these steps, you can stay healthy without media getting in your way.
Teens are spending way too much time on media, and this is highly affecting their health, but if teens would just spend a little less time on the media, this wouldn't be a problem.
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