Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ August 2016


Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Youth (Male) #3:

Yes, I believe what the media projects is harmful to a young teen’s self-esteem –especially on the Internet. Even something like looking up sports scores, or to read an article, you’ll see ads for weight loss: “Do you want to lose 80 lbs?” And when I read this: I feel self-doubt about my own body.

Social Media is especially bad for this as well.

I like to use the Internet and Social Media to share information and positive ideas but there is the “dark side” too. The Internet always seems to herd the negative or “internet bullies” together and this creates a negative atmosphere. I’ve noticed a real negative change in the past couple of years. Even an innocent question like asking for the name of a song: people will call you names for not knowing that song.

It’s hard to see people behave like this on the Internet/Social Media sites because maybe they’d never call you names to your face, but they think it’s okay to be negative and hateful behind their computer screens.

It really is disheartening to see but you have to stay true to yourself and say: “It’s the people that make the change, it doesn’t just happen.” So I try my best not to get involved with fights on the Internet.

I think a positive way to make Internet/Social Media sites less harmful, is through the use of moderators that can limit negativity like: prejudice.

My advice to young people: Honestly, all you can do is not listen to it. You have to trust your own judgment: this is okay; this isn’t okay. And don’t band with or talk with the negative people. But the BEST protection you can get is staying off the Internet for as long as you can each day.

All good things possible always…