There’s no question that magazines, television, and other forms of media effect the way we think about ourselves, our bodies, and our place in the world. The question is, how significant are those effects and what are the long-term consequences?
The website Miss Representation, in collaboration with LoveSocial, recently created a video and infographic to explore the media influences on young women, specifically how media effects girls’ self-image and engagement in leadership positions.
The statistics are staggering:
- The average U.S. teenager consumes 10 hours and 45 minutes of media every day
- 48% of young girls wish they were as skinny as the models they see in fashion magazines
- 31% admit to starving themselves to lose weight
- In the past 15 years, cosmetic surgery for girls 18 and under increased by 300%