Pop Star Psychology

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“Pop Star Psychology” by Sandra Czaja Scientific American Mind July/August 2011 Sean Copeland September 7,2011 Article 1

In “Pop Star Psychology”, author Sandra Czaja discusses how tv, film, and teen idols can affect children and teenagers in both positive and negative ways. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation Report, Americas youth spends about seven and a half hours a day using digital media (Video Games, Movies and TV), generally multitasking with numerous devices for around 10 hours and 45 minutes content daily. With this said, video whether it’s at the movies on a phone or on television, still dominates these. Studies have shown that movie characters and television personalities influence the beliefs of today’s youth.

In 1999 a Senate committee demonstrated that by the age of 18, average American children have seen 200,000 violent acts including 16,000 murders on television. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports show that almost two thirds of all television shows air overtly sexual material. Studies show that being exposed to drug use, sex or violence onscreen can make them more acceptable in reality. In 2002 Madeline A. Dalton and her colleagues at Dartmouth Medical School analyzed R-rated films and their influence in...
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