By Aaliyah Smith (Freshman)
Many of the negative actions children perform can be blamed on the media–television, magazines, and the Internet. These are things that consume my generation. We depend on the latest trends to be in sync with our peers and the quickest way to lose weight to be “perfect”. In actuality the desire to be “perfect” is what separates us from one another.
On TV shows nowadays, they show teens getting drunk, having sex, being bullies, and taking drugs. These negative actions are what the “cool” kids do. They are the kids who have all the friends, who are the most liked, the kids who fail, and the best athletes in school. This portrayal creates a stereotype, and it’s been used in so many shows now that’s its becoming cliché.
MTV for instance:16 and pregnant, Awkward, Finding Carter, and Teen Mom 1, 2, and 3.These shows are making teenagers like me think that in order to be “cool” I have to lose my virginity before sophomore year in high school or I have to smoke and drink at parties. And the ones who don’t do that, the ones who actually get the good grades and don’t attend every party are considered the nerds. The lower class students.
I use to ask myself why people said glasses were for nerds or girls with blonde hair were unintelligent. But now that I actually see, now that I see the girls and boys on the shows that get bullied because they succeed in high school wear glasses. I see that media has brainwashed this whole world into something stereotypical.
The magazines often only show pretty girls who are skinny and clear-faced, a tall guy with the abs and nicely fit clothes. These girls have no differences in appearance because all of them have to look like what the “perfect” look is. They wear the finest makeup and have the finest clothes. They have the best shoes and the most expensive jewelry. Those girls and boys are considered the dream person. The person you want to be.
I would be lying if I said that I haven’t looked in the mirror and called myself ugly after looking at a magazine full of pretty models. It’s sad to think that you will not fit in because you’re not a size two or your hair isn’t sixteen inches long. Sometimes I feel pressured to do what all the other teens are doing because I want popularity and I want the looks and I want the attention. Mostly every teen does. That’s why media feeds off of our emotions and promotes things that are hard to ignore.
There is no way of stopping what the media develops or what comes onto television. All we can do is hope that one day everyone can be accepted as their own unique selves.