Inquiry Project

By: Jamie O'Toole 3/3/15 Literacy 212

Article 1: The Media Affects a Teen's Body Image

Media is showing what teens should look like, so they develop eating disorders. There are ways to help teens recover from such disorders, but they’ll only listen to the media. Organizations work to prevent this from happening to teens by stopping the hurtful words. They’re also trying to stop magazines from publishing things that have a bad influence on teens because they make them feel flawed.

Article 2: A Fine Line When Ads and Children Mix

Ads are affecting children by causing obesity and diabetes. They cause bad things because of the bad influences and promises being made. People disagree with stopping ads to children because it’s unfair, but ads aren't teaching them anything appropriate. Programs are set up to make advertisers teach something to kids through their ads. They also check to see if it's worthy to be put out there to the public.
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Article 3: Advertising on the Brain

This article is full of tips to smart market analyzing. You should know these tips so that advertisers don't trick your mind. Your brains are being fooled because advertisers know how your brain works, they're experts! They also know how the thoughts start to roll through your mind when seeing ads. They target these emotions and thoughts to make you think the product is worth buying.

What are the Good/Bad Effects of Media on Teens/Children?

According to all of the articles I've read, for example, ¨A Fine line when Ads and Children mix¨, ¨Advertising on the Brain¨, and ¨The Media Affects a Teen’s Body Image¨ I've come to a conclusion that the bad effects on teens and children from media are the ways they look at themselves. They only focus on what society tells them to fix and what counts as flaws. They want to erase their imperfections, not embrace them. Most importantly, the media is tricking their brain into believing they should have something that is impossible to achieve.

Evidence and Elaboration to Prove my Synthesis

  • Article one states, ¨ least one out of every four advertisements send a message about attractiveness.¨-----The reason people have low self esteem is because ads are hard to escape with all of the ads with how we should look.

  • Article two states, ¨...have arisen as a consequence of directly advertising to children, like childhood obesity, diabetes...¨----Ads are recognized by children at any age and as a result they have so many issues in health like obesity.

  • Lastly, the third article states, ¨They know the pathway to the emotional brain is faster...¨----Advertisers are smart because emotions don’t control our problem solving part of brain to determine if the product is good.

Any Thoughts?

Initial Thoughts: I believe people’s lives are controlled by the media, especially their thoughts.

Mid Thoughts: I didn't think it was this bad of a problem.

Post Thoughts: I know know that deleting my media was the way to go because there’s a lot to miss out on being glued to a screen all the time.

Other Info

Here’s a question to think about

-Why are children so influenced by irrelevant ads?

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How social media is affecting teens

Work Cited

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Video Credits:

Zeiger, S. "The Media Affects a Teen's Body Image." N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2015. <>

Clifford, Stephanie. "A Fine Line When Ads and Children Mix." N.p., 15 Feb. 2010. Web. 11 Feb. 2015. <>

Markarian, Margie. "Advertising On the Brain." N.p., 01 Oct. 2009. Web. 9 Feb. 2015. <>