Firstly, what is media? Media is a mass communication from television shows, movies, ads, internet, news etc. Media can influence the behavior of young people depending how they respond to shows, commercials, music, pop culture on television/internet, and other media products. However, media is able to influence the minds of young people because of its broad range of advice and suggestions that young people constantly see and are surrounded by wherever they go. Even so, media can change how a person acts, feels and what they say. One example of Media is television shows or movies giving viewers advice of suggestions about goals, life, love and other different subjects.
Certainly, media can have some negative effects on young people such as manipulating how they act, feel and speak. In addition, the behavior of young people can be affected by the negative influences of media because it exposes adult content, violence, cursing, and posing indecently on the minds of young people. Not only that, but media can leave scars of various images in their minds. Yet, media can do other negative things to young people and they are giving the wrong message, media addiction and health problems. An example of the negative effect media does to young people is portraying thin as beautiful and fat as ugly. Leading most females to starve to death just to lose weight and be a size zero.
Finally, media can influence the behavior of young people in a positive way by educating people, showing diversity, creativity and goals/accomplishments. However, media is able to show positive influences in young people by making them strive to be better and to work harder to accomplish what they want in life. Media is able to use athletes and celebrities to help us be supportive and take action in a positive matter. Also it makes young people use the media for good purposes that can help society such as life stories and daily news. Yet, media is able to give positive advice and suggestion to young people and help them also develop as a person with the help of their friends, family and teachers. An example of media showing its positive influence on young people is when they tell a biography of an athlete or celebrity and how they started from the bottom to get where they are today. They influence us to do the best we can, to strive for what most of us want and to work hard for our dreams.
In other words, Media plays a big role in a young person’s life whether in a positive or negative way. Young people are able to learn suggestions and advices from the media as an alternate way of getting information. Media can change the behavior and actions of young people but can also teach them many lessons.