Media influence on teens dating

Whether or not media and teen violence are related is a long debated issue. It can be directed at inanimate objects, at other people, at animals, or at the teen him- or herself.

This article looks at different types of media and how each affects children including TV, the Internet, music, and video games. People suspect that media - whether news reports, songs, or movies - that teens view or listen to, as well as interactive media, such as video games, that teens participate in may contribute to teen violence. Various types of media are positive and have been used to send anti-violence messages to teens.

For teenagers, friends and peer groups have a stronger influence on attitudes and behavior than anyone else.

Often, this is especially true when it comes to dating relationships.

Understanding the software engine that drives social media is one thing, but understanding the psychology behind the culture that is redefining traditional terms and practices I've always known as normal teen behavior of the past, that's a challenge.

In early 2010, the state of Utah held a media contest for the state’s “Dating Violence Awareness Week.” Contestants were invited to submit media in the areas of Visual Arts, You Tube videos, and Written Works to raise awareness of the seriousness of dating violence.

This article looks at some of the research that compares the possible relationships between media and teen violence of various kinds.

Lyric Media and Teen Violence The first study we’ll look at, reported in 2003, sought to analyze the effects that songs with violent lyrics had on aggression in both feelings and thoughts.

Media, social and peer pressures influence the way teens see themselves.

Their mental perception of what they look like can become distorted, leading them to engage in risk behaviors when they feel they don’t measure up to the impossible goal set in front of them.

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