Media and its Troubles

Cheyenne Hill

The Consequences

What’s the most troubling issue when it comes to media? Teens are the ones who are mostly affected by whatever message is being sent by the media and are easily influenced. They are in that age group when all they think about is what other people think of them. Media is persuading teens that there is a certain way you have to look in order to be attractive, which leaves negative results.

Whether, it’s reading a magazine or just on Instagram, all I see are very attractive people modeling to get people to buy a product or to get more followers. It makes me feel very self-conscience about myself and for a lot of other teens too. In fact studies show that 75% of young women with low self-esteem had taken part in harmful acts. The effect of media to young girls leads to cutting, binge drinking, drug abuse, and bullying (Saeedalmehairi 2). This is horrible exposure to teens at such a young age and can easily be avoided.

Media has caused many young adults to engage in negative activities, yet there is a way to limit the amount they are exposed to. Parents should limit the amount of their children’s time on media products. If families were strict on media contributions then their kids would be less exposed to the harsh effects of advertising. In a study it shows after doing an experiment parents noticed better behavior from their children after limiting media time (Jordan 1). This shows that this is possibly one of the better actions for a better outcome.

Media is taking a big toll on the young people’s lives and is causing them to conduct in negative activities, because of this perfect body image implanted into their minds. Media is controlling young teens and their actions and behavior. Content in media needs to be limited, so that teens don’t take this into consideration.


Jordan, Amy B. "Reducing Children's Television-Viewing Time." American Academy of Pediatrics, 7 June 2006. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.

Saeedalmehairi. "Impact of TV Advertisements on Teens." Friedkin N, 16 Feb. 2013. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.