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How Does Media Affect Today's Youth?

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Media has been proven to affect not only today's youth but the majority of the world's population. With television, radio, advertising, movies, the Internet, newspapers, magazines and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the media affects youth in numerous ways.

According to a study conducted by the RAND Corporation, teenagers are twice as likely to participate in sexual activities if they watch or read about similar sexual behaviour in the media. A survey study, compiled by Teen People magazine, demonstrated that 27 per cent of the girls felt pressurized by the media to have a perfect body, with 69 per cent of the girls basing their idea of the perfect body on models featured in magazines.

With the average teen spending almost four hours a day watching TV and over 2 hours a day on the computer, it is difficult not to be exposed to a constant barrage of adverts. YouTube and Spotify have recently places ads before, after and even during songs. This may encourage mass consumerism amongst youths.

The Centre On Media and Child Health published a study revealing that media plays an integral role in adolescent development. Some aggressive and violent behaviour was demonstrated after excessive television viewing.

However, today's youth can be positively affected by the media. Television shows such as The Sex Education Show and Brainiac offer a fun and insightful way to learn about sensitive and complicated subjects. The Internet has enabled easy access to knowledge and is an increasingly helpful tool for exam revision as well as self-help guides.

Overall, today's youth are affected by the media in a number of ways, both positively and negatively. It also depends on the individual's personality because he or she ultimately has the power to select the media he or she consumes.

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Media, also known as the fourth estate, is one of the most influential factors in today's world and the age group that it has affected very gravely is the youth. Not only are they being subject to various kinds of communication through the various media but are also very greatly influenced by it. It has played an instrumental role in defining the ways in which the youth conduct themselves and live their life. This can be in terms of their definitions of what is acceptable and what is not, what is right and what is not. It has also affected their thinking patterns and their opinions towards various topic and subjects as well as opened new avenues and a whole plethora of subjects that were previously not even given a mention.

One of the most important things that media does for the youth is keeps them informed and engaged as well as encourages them to move in the right direction. However, there are many other who would also insist that it has done more harm than good, especially to the youth.
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I think that the media has negatively impacted the self esteem of the youth due to its tendency to promote what is now perceived to be the "perfect body". Young women and men look up to the figures on television and magazines, and believe that that is how a typical body should look, when in reality the celebrities go to extreme measures to look that way. When the teenagers discover it isn't as easy as it looks, they can become depressed and go to even more extreme measures, such as eating disorders or in even more serious cases, suicide. The media needs to become more realistic with its perceptions of beauty, and also limit the content they are portraying. If they took more conservative measures with their ideas for media, they will see drastic improvements in the wellbeing of teenagers, thus improving the likelihood for a successful future generation.
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Well media is like a coin with two sides. It has both some advantages while even some disadvantages. Media in many ways influence today's youth, as some ad's ,song's, movies make them realise their responsibility and make them socially aware.it also provides them with some method to work for the society. But media is like a double edge sword if not handled with care then may turn out to be injourous
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Media ha affected our youth, to a great extent, negatively.There is un healthy competition in almost all aspects of life.The youth today is so anxcious to get all comforts of life over night that it would do everything and anything ----good or bad right or wrong to achieve this goal. And thi is because of the media,which is busy in doing all sorts of [dogrsmme on youth wihout giving a thought that what impacf these are creating on the youth. Of course there is a flow of information awailable to thode who want it  but the percentage of such people is negligible as compared  to those who have suffered because of media.
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Unfortunately young people tend to believe what they read, hear or are told by the media whether true or not. It tends to warp their judgement.
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Media and youth
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Media has greatest impact on young generation more that the family or the school has. The means of media which influence the young generation are television, radio, internet, newspapers, magazines, books, broadcasting and text publishers. All these manipulate teenagers in what concerns culture, politics, social life, religion, fashion, education and other interests. Almost each teenager has a TV in his room and he/she may stay stuck for hours in front of it to watch a show, a movie or to find out some interesting information on a discovery channel. Then, the internet has become much more important than the TV because it offers a range of facts on different areas of interest.

Media being one of the important means to reach out to the masses and influence their thinking and decision making, only to the positive media cannot attract attention of the masses, and to gain viewer ship, negative media has to be incorporated to balance out and attract the masses, but a line has to be drawn between the positive and the negative media in the interest of the younger generation. Parents responsibility is from an early age give your children a solid sense of their worth and encourage them to have high self esteem, by valuing them for what they are, and as they are.
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If the media were to expose our youth to positive things, the world  would be a much better place!
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Media shows many a time twisted news thus giving wrong information to the youth. Media also channels useless, inefficient programmes. This affect the youth's minds and can be harmful for the nation as they are the future generation of our country.
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Media plays an important role in development of youth's future.

Media is more busy in filling their pockets by showing pouring mud on politicians and other things. Media should give more emphasis on career oriented programs
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If the media were to expose our youth to positive things, the world  would be a much better place!
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Media is very dangerously influenced the youth in our present days. Youth are attracted by the violence which is shown in like cinemas and T.V serials. They are discussing about  the cinemas and cricket only.
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I think media has very huge impact on Youth.media do the change thinking the person.we all are think, make a perception and say as media want.media teach us which is wrong or right.and tell about our rights.media has ability to gives hype and matter.
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Media does have some type of effect but come on now we all know what we be doing we are all grown . I know I'm   my own man and regardless to the fact I refuse to let any media decied anything to me
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Media affects our youth because in many ways teens are vunerable at this age. The media takes advantage of that and changes our train of thought. Many youth believe that they will be accepted if they are "in" and wearing and doing the "in" thing.
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Social media had already influenced all of the faculties of our youth, their social, emotional, moral and even sexual needs. Where do youth today make friends most of the time? Social media. Where do people find tips or answers for their emotional problems? Social media. And it is the same with their moral values and sexual needs.

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It affects teens because they pressure girls to want to be sexy and also because they encourage teens to be sexy

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