Self-Image and The Media Essay by Master Researcher

Self-Image and The Media
A discussion regarding the effect of perfect images presented by the media on the viewers' self-image.
# 89308 | 1,125 words | 5 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Communication (Mass Media) , Psychology (General)

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This paper discusses how the media can have negative effects on the body image of almost any individual, male or female. It further discusses how women are more prone to the effects of this kind of media image and reviews research that indicates, in its early stages, that these effects can be countered by intervention.

From the Paper:

"Every day the general public is subject to unrealistic body images portrayed by the media. On television, hypersexual teens worry more about losing their virginity than about a humongous pimple shining like a blinking beacon. In both print and electronic media, women with prominent collarbones and 15-inch waists advertise everything from fast food to pain- and weight loss medication, while men with "ripped" abs drink beer with their buddies in front of the television. In the movies, even the pets are beautiful and gaze at their perfect owners with love from the elegant couch in their perfectly maintained homes. How is the average individual supposed to compete with this flawless worldview? Does the average viewer compete with it at all or is it accepted as the depiction of the American dream?"

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