The problems within the media

I wake up, check my phone, Facebook first, followed by my Insta feed, then send out my morning Snap Chat streaks… and it has me wondering, where would I be without my connection to the macro world of the media? Evidently there is an array of issues within this digital era, however, the issues that I’m going to target are the dominance of social media in today’s society– how it effects teenager’s socialisation skills and how it controls the identity we portray to our audiences. Most teenagers know no different, fully submerged in the globes highly sophisticated media and technological devices that are handed to us, from the time of birth.

Distinctly, the media has demonstrated significant social change. Teenagers social skills are deteriorating by the hour. When there is an awkward pause in conversations, or there is no one to talk to, we pull out our phones. The conversations teenagers have with people every day on text seem awkward and unsure in person. We lose the skill of socialising with others face-to-face, which can lead to low self-esteem and bullying.  We have been significantly socialised by electronic media devises, thus the media has become an agent of socialisation.

In the past, right up until present day, online identities are being seen as very different from those in the real world. The media gives individuals an opportunity to put on a façade online and explore a new form of identity – maybe they falsely edit their pictures or pretend to be someone who they are not. As I have previously studied during my HSC Society & Culture PIP, some teenagers present profiles with a distorted true self; they un-tag unflattering photos and delete regrettable posts, because they worry about what everyone thinks of them. It’s the issue that the media provides individuals with a different opportunity for self-expression and hence an individual’s online self and their true self is not necessarily the same. The power that these online mediums have is a great issue in society. Teenagers create their profiles to express their individuality towards audiences. We like posts, we share what we want others to see and we delete what we do not. These days we can easily edit our flaws to conform to what we think is “ideal” and accepted in society. It is sad that individuals feel the need to portray an inaccurate version of themselves to a wide audience, right?  It makes me question “are we the fake generation?”

The predominant issue is that, the media has the ability to rob us of our real-life connections within our lives. From the perspective of a teenage girl I personally understand that expectations get higher, perfection becomes an obsession and the media becomes our lives.

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Until next time fellow bloggers,

– Mikaela xx

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2 thoughts on “The problems within the media

  1. I love this post! I definitely agree on what you are saying in the way that teens are so worried about what they post and what gets posted about them. I can see what you are saying in the way that we have a lack of social skills due to being on our phones all day but at the same time we now have a new way to communicate through the internet and our phones now. I find it funny how teens do un-tag themselves from photos as they are embarrassed by it. Overall I agree with everything you have stated here and I like how you have given examples and written it here. If you are interested, here is a link to a video I got shown which I really enjoyed watching and feel it would give you more information and insight into this topic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkzwHuf6C2U

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  2. First off, I really liked how you made the whole blogpost so relatable. It really drew me in even more as I suddenly understood everything you were talking about. I absolutely agree with your stance on how people care about what gets posted of them online because their online representations are so important to people these days. It really relates to how how “like culture” is really important to some people because they only want positive feedback from their online platforms. When you mentioned “an individual’s online self and their true self is not necessarily the same”, it really reminded me of the recent issue with popular Instagrammer Essena O’neill and how she said everything we post online is “not real life”. The way you hyperlinked some words to definitions was really helpful and useful incase others didn’t know what it was! Overall, I thought your writing style and they way you write is really awesome and coherent!

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