Impact of Social Media
What is the media? The media is “the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, that reach or influence people widely.” (Media, Dictionary.com). In other words the media is every thing that communicates something. TV shows, commercials, ads, and movies are all part of the media. Once the internet got more accessible, the birth of another kind of media happened: Social media. Social media is “Web sites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social and professional contacts.” Anything that can be used to connect with others to hear or state opinion will fall under the social media category.
Anything from a blog with fascist and racist views to club penguin account is social media. Everywhere you look there is a form of media around you. Nowadays the media has gained lots of power over peoples thoughts and ideas. Especially the thoughts of young pre teens who haven't had a chance to form opinions of their own. Now if the media uses the hold it has for good or for bad, it all depends on how you look at it. There are particular kinds of media that certainly wouldn’t be considered “quality media”. For example trashy tabloid magazines covering Lindsay Lohan's newest scandal. That’s definitely something that would have a negative impact on a young developing mind. The media can have a great negative impact on children under the age of 14 if they aren’t being exposed to “quality media or good role models”.
Turn on the TV. Bright white teeth, expensive cars, revealing clothes, skinny girls, buff guys lathered in the best of the best. All engaged in promiscuous taboo behaviors. Those are the usual images that you’ll be exposed to within the first few minutes. Not just on the shows, but the commercials as well. “According to the Center for a New American Dream, children and teens are exposed to over 25,000 ads in a