When I wake up in the morning, I listen to the radio while getting ready, I watch televisionwhile eating breakfast and listen to the radio on the way to the work. This was said by an ordinary young adult. One is almost always around the media. And as teenagers,our minds are a lot more absorbent to the things we see and hear around us. ——————————————————————————————————–In our lives, we wake up to television, drive with the radio on, surf the net, watch television,and fall asleep to television. How can media not influence peoples lives? We see Brittney Spears singing in lingerie; hear about our favourite celebrities getting arrested for doingdrugs and watching fake violent shows as well as the lyrics of some of the most popularsongs. We see the people we idolise fall and hit rock bottom. We see celebrities in photoswithno fat; perfect skin and told that is beauty! The photos we are seeing are almost allphoto shopped, those people dont exist. But yet our brain tells us we need to look likethem, we need to lose a lot of weight no matter what. Headlines in magazines aboutanorexia and bulimia give teenagers ideas. ——————————————————————————————————————–Desperate Housewives is the most popular broadcast-network television show according to statistics. In Desperate housewives you have four beautiful women that are married. In that series you have: adultery; underage drinking; bisexuality; blackmail;children running away and so much more. If this is what the youth of today take asentertaining, they are going to try the same things, try drugs; try bisexuality, start to disobeytheir parents and everything else they are witnessing. When one witnesses a lot of fighting;death and violence on the screen, they can become so used to it that they will stop feelingany sort of remorse if they hurt someone else. The kids can stop having empathy for thosewho have been hurt or in a fight; little by little everyone will stop to feel for others. ——————————————————————————————————————One of the most listened to bands by young kids and teenagers is Bullet for My Valentine.One of their songs is called Hit the floor, the first 4 lines of the song is I see you walkinghome alone, your face is alive and bright, but you can’t see how weak you are, ’cause I couldend it tonight the lyrics are about raping someone they have never met. Is this the songsyou want your kids to hear? Is this the message you want to be sent to around? ——————————————————————————————————————-It is a known fact that we are influenced by that what we see. Media is all around us all thetime thus we will be influenced by what we hear and see. We can not expect that what wesurround ourselves by will not influence us but we can decide what we surround ourselveswith

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