The media has always been a big impact on society, influencing people in so many ways. It keeps us in on the latest fashion trends, gadgets, and what is considered “in”. The media can be considered either be considered positive and negative, but that can usually be determined by society. The group that is usually very heavily influenced on the media are teens. They tend to believe whatever the media says and displays, causing them to behave, dress, speak, talk, and think in a different manner. Even though the media can be considered social networks and blogs, teens usually set their youth lifestyle according to what kind of music they listen to and reality shows they watch. Children are commonly the most group to be very easily influenced, because they like to imitate whatever they see. During the early years of a child, usually between the toddler to teen ages children spend a lot of time watching TV and listening to music, but the teen years are where they are influenced by others, believe that whatever their friends say is correct and that the advice their parents gives is incorrect. From the advice given from their friends on what they believe is right, they go by what is commonly know as “monkey see, monkey do”.
Background and Significance
Since they see their friends as a heavy impact in their life, they will do what their friends do, whatever music or television show they watch is what they will also watch, but the one thing that is usually common is their perception of the music and shows. Their perception will be that whatever they see and hear in these reality shows and music is right, and begin to base their lifestyle on the way they see the people of TV and in music videos act and allow the words of their music to influence the way they act. The teen years are the age where a child is heavily influenced by the way they their peers, so they want to be like them so they can fit in with the mass of teens, even though they may know its wrong they get “peer pressure” to do these things. That peer that they are trying to emulate is most likely living according to what they see are here in music videos and reality shows. Teens tend to idolize these behaviors from what they see on TV and the artists they listen to.
(AACAP, 2008) found that parents are usually more interested in what they children hear and watch while they are young but as they grow up they don’t pay close attention anymore, making them unaware of what they watch and listen to. Music tends to be a very important influence on teens and if parents are unaware of the kind of music they are listening to, they can stumble along the wrong song that can change their entire lifestyle to either positive or negative. During the teen years, most teens shut their parents out, giving parents little or no clue to what they listen to or watch.
When teens begin to shut their parents out and focus on the impact of their peers and the media, they feel independent and...