The Influence of Pop Culture on Teenagers

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The Influence of Pop Culture on Teenagers
Pop culture has existed and influenced people since the beginning of time. It has affected teenagers the most. In the time people are figuring out who they are and what they wish to do for the rest of their life they are very vulnerable. They can be easily influenced by the music they listen to, the television they watch, and the celebrities they see. In today’s society, pop culture’s influence on teenagers is mostly negative.

Some of the music teenagers listen to today can be atrocious. Some songs explain how the artist misused and abused drugs and alcohol. If teenagers look up to the artist, they will want to abuse and misuse the drugs and alcohol. Another thing many artists do that teenagers may pick up on is devalue women or talk about being violent towards women. In a Stanford report on Rock and Roll influencing teenagers’ behavior, Kathleen O’Toole stated, “In several studies, researchers have found that music videos laced with violent images made youthful male viewers more antagonistic in their orientation toward women and more likely to condone violence in themselves and others.” Music also glamorizes promiscuity and relations with multiple people at once. Researchers have found that “the more time adolescents spend listening to music with sexually degrading lyrics, the more likely they are to initiate intercourse and other sexual activities.” Another thing music influences teenagers to do is challenge authority. This can get teenagers in trouble with the law and trouble in other areas in life.

Teenagers are greatly influenced by television. Reality shows and movies about people who are obnoxious but much liked by their peers can influence a teen to want to be like that person so they could be liked too. This can make teenagers have bad attitudes and rude behavior. Shows and movies with lots of violence can influence a teenager to become violent, too. A journal of the Association for Psychological Science...