In the recentyear’s communication and innovation has been enhanced in a way that no one atany point could have ever envisioned. In 1926, John Logie Baird developed theTV and throughout the years the TV has turned into one of the primary devicesfor amusement.
TV and media have exhibited or reflected how society shouldfunction. It additionally has painted a picture of society; how it should look,feel, and act. Nowadays one may say that the media and body image correlatewith one another. Mass media is intendedto connect with large groups of people using different forms of innovation;such as the internet, magazines, commercials, and TV shows.
Its purpose is togive information to society. The media influence is everywhere and there is nogetting away from it. From the minute one wakes up in the morning to the timeone goes to sleep; one is constantly bombarded with media influences. In most homes in America, there is at least aTV, the internet, and a cell phone.
Themedia broadcasts what is considered to be normal, which influences what societythinks. The media’s depiction of self-perception influences adversely throughcreating body dissatisfaction which can lead to low self-esteem and a higherrisk of eating disorder; and the effects of social media. Children, teenagers,and young adults are exceptionally impressionable during the time that theirminds and bodies are still developing. The media proclaims what is”normal” which is influencing them now than ever. Incontemporary settings, the impact of the media on all parts of culture andsociety has spread all over the place. This is particularly the case in theUnited States. One of the social angles especially impacted by the media isbody image.
Body image is how one views their outer appearance. Collins (2013)reported that a person’s body image is believed to be, to a limited extent, aresult of his or her own encounters, identity, and different social and socialpowers. A person physical appearance, as a rule in connection to others or in connectionto some social perfect, can shape his or her self-perception of themselves.Poor body image and low confidence contribute to body dissatisfaction. Bodydissatisfaction is a term used to express the inclination that individuals mayhave that their real physical appearance isn’t how they would in a perfectworld like it to be. They likewiseexpress that body dissatisfaction has been connected to “basic physicaland emotional wellness issues” and that a person encountering bodydissatisfaction is more likely to develop an eating disorder. Having animpossible desire for one’s self-perception makes a more noteworthy possibilityfor body dissatisfaction. The media may impact one’s self-perception in such aroute through the consistent depiction of the “thin perfect” or”what’s hot and what’s not”.
There are numerous things that impact a person’sself-perceptions; such as, parenting, education relationships, and so on butthe media plays a major role in telling people how they should look or actaccording to society. A shockingly expansive number of people, especially youngladies develop body dissatisfaction with the result of thoughts progressed bythe media.The media usesstereotypes to portray what a “normal” body should look like. Womenare often shown unrealistically thin and men with muscles larger than life. Theidea that these unrealistic bodies are normal and healthy can be quite damagingto one’s body image. The media communicates the “thin ideal” inpractically every way that is available. Not exclusively are the models on thefronts of magazines and in ads personifying the “thin ideal”, yet thefictional characters in TV programs and films are quite often depicted as thinand attractive. Kids in are now exposed to what society thinks is beautifulfrom a young age, for example, the movie Shrek.
Shrek is a movie whose maincharacter is the “ugly” princess, who is green, fat, and more masculine but themain character in the “pretty” princess, who is thin, attractive and feminine.The media is teaching kids today that fat is bad and thin is good by makingfilms such as Shrek. Tatangelo and Ricciardelli (2017) conducted an examinationthat focused on children and media-related social comparison, and how itaffected their body image whether it be positive or negative. The children werefrom ages 8-10. Tatangelo and Ricciardelli (2017) reported that body imageissues were more common among girls than boys.
Their finding also stated thatgirls would compare themselves with the media in a negative way and boys wouldview media comparisons as inspiring rather than negative. Even thoughadvertisement is meant to persuade us to purchase things, advertisements rarelyuse people in the ads that look like a normal everyday person. The normalfemale wears a size 2 or 4, for example, while the normal American lady wears asize 12 to 14. Apparel architects regularly say they just utilize thin modelsbecause the garments essentially look better on them.
What’s more absurd isthat photographs of models in print promotions are frequently “touchedup” to camouflage minor blemishes or influence the model to seemconsiderably skinnier than she truly is. The body image advertising depictsrarely looks like the people the ads are geared towards. These “false bodyimage” advertisements, indicating bodies that are not genuine at all orthat are not exceptionally practical or illustrative of the all-inclusivecommunity, have a sweeping impact. It may appear that we could perceive whenpromotions demonstrated us something not genuine; all things considered, whenone see’s a puppy commercial that has a talking pooch in it, we aren’t trickedinto thinking that puppies can truly talk, isn’t that so? However, despiteeverything we tend to trust what we find in the media and body image canwithout much of a stretch be baffling. The steady stream of unreasonably thinpictures can create feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and depression. It caneven prompt the development of dietary problems like anorexia and bulimia.Cazzato et al. (2016) stated that repeated exposures to thin-admired bodyshapes may modify a women’s’ view of what typical and perfect bodies in societylook like.
The purpose behind the study was to examine whether exposure tooverly thin and round body shapes may change the esthetic appreciation ofothers’ bodies and the perceptual and cognitive-affective dimensions of bodyimage in patients experiencing anorexia nervosa. Over half the patientsresponded negatively to the round women and positively to the overly thin bodytypes. When asked why they felt this way most of the women expressed that beingthin was beautiful. The women made thecorrelation that models in the magazine were all overly thin, which meant theywere beautiful. It is hard to find a “normal” looking women in today’s media.The thin-perfect model is continually promoted; researchers believe that theconsistent reminder of the super skinny model will eventually desensitizetoday’s youth and began to influence them to think and feel this is ordinary.These models are thin to the point of that are unhealthy; likewise, to achievesuch a level of slenderness one would need to take radical measures. There willbe a consistent condition of disgrace or blame for the individuals who contrasttheir own bodies with those of the models on TV and magazines.
Constantlymaking those comparisons is unhealthy for one physically and mentally. Social media is agreat approach to associate with others, share encounters and feelings andexpress thoughts. Be that as it may, it can have a dark and dreary side forbody image. Researchers show people that frequently use social media are morelikely to experience some form of body dissatisfaction. Social media can betoxic and harmful to one’s body image.
Most social media outlets are profoundlyvisual and collaborative, and appearance is vital to flourish. Being able tointeract with anonymous people online with the click of a button often warrantsunfiltered negative comments and criticism. Negative input and feedbackflourish. This result is being pressuredto always look one’s best among their peers.
Individuals regularly attempt to present themselves in the best light,particularly in connection to what they really look like. It isn’t uncommon for individuals to invest alot of energy pondering their next “selfie” opportunity and arrangingthe correct stance to catch their best and most appealing self. Individualsfrequently alter or add filters to their selfies.
One can take over 100 selfiesbefore they are stratified with how it looks because of stress over how otherswill perceive the photo. People can end up plainly getting caught in a viciouscycle. One restlessly anticipate the “likes” and input from others,at that point feel discouraged and unsettled if the desired response is notreceived. False body imageadvertising is real and a growing problem. There is an ethical responsibilityof advertisers, producers of film/television should have would putting out intothe public. They are sending a message to a large audience and they should wantthat message to affect people positively and negatively. Industries such asadvertisement and film have distorted what it means to be beautiful.
Beauty isno longer in the eye of the beholder, but rather in an ad that’s on the TV or theactress in a movie. Anything a person looks at for such a significant number ofhours will to influence them. The media and body image are firmly relatedbecause of the volume of pictures, ads, television shows, movies one finds inthe media and the extreme volume of exposure one is constantly looking at whatsocieties says is the “ideal” women.