How the Media is Affecting Your Health

With all these different pressures forced onto us from the mainstream media, there is bound to be some psychological effects. The amount that technology has developed over the years leaves me to believe that there will be more then body image problems to face. Currently the position that technology is holding in society finds users overly reliant on the social networking in order to keep up to date with whats going on. Though the information may not be anything that holds any importance in our lives, to be in the know is something that has become a part of the society we now live in.

With our attention constantly being drawn to a screen of some sort, it leaves the question as to how this is having and effect on consumers well-being. It is both your physical an mental health that could be at risk due to the large consumption of media. Lets break this down the physical and mental health risks.

One of physical effects that occurs anxiety which is due to users making themselves available 24/7 in order to reply to messages or keep updated with new posts. The research shows that 1/5 teens will check their phones through the night to see if they have missed out on anything. Cleland Woods, who presented the paper at a British Psychological Society conference in Manchester said: “Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this.”  She continued on to say She continued: “While overall social media use impacts on sleep quality, those who log on at night appear to be particularly affected. This may be mostly true of individuals who are highly emotionally invested. This means we have to think about how our kids use social media, in relation to time for switching off.” She then went on to say “While overall social media use impacts on sleep quality, those who log on at night appear to be particularly affected. This may be mostly true of individuals who are highly emotionally invested. This means we have to think about how our kids use social media, in relation to time for switching off.”

A lot of the youth today will feel the body image pressures due to what is shown in the media. This is likely to effect females more so than males because of the amount references to what a woman ideal image is supposed to look like. This could lead to both men and women to suffer from eating disorders and low self-esteem. There are constantly posts throughout the various media platforms encouraging individuals to look a certain way which is considered “ideal”

Dr. Bernard Luskin, LMFT is CEO at numerous universities researched into Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD.) “IAD can cause tremors, shivers, nausea and anxiety in some addicts. Many professionals now consider IAD analogous to substance abuse. They include it among other pathological behaviours such as gambling and eating disorders. Try removing a young “gamer” from a video game in a hurry. You will discover how difficult it is to break the attachment between the teen and the screen.”

 

“In short, some people use broadcast and Internet media as a mental and emotional retreat and refuge. Addicts are connected to their screens; their minds trapped for hours to the exclusion of the world around them. Addicts neglect family, work, studies, social relationships and themselves. This is an addictive obsession that is human-centered and screen-deep. Mind-altering media applications may be found in video games, iPods, YouTube and other evolving communications applications. In general, these negative aspects of media and behavior are being widely discussed simultaneously with the discussion of the beneficial contributions media makes as an important source for positive behavioral change.”

Digital media is clearly having on its impact on us without the consumer not being aware of it. Technology is only moving in one direction, so we need to take into consideration as to how it really is doing damage to our physical and mental health.

 

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