Hi everyone! I'm back from the shopping spree I told you about in my last blog. umm, I dunno if you can call it a "shopping spree" hence I only spent $13.00 but truly there was nothing appealing enough (on sale of course) that could draw my attention. Well we visited (by we, I mean my sister, bf and his family) a couple of malls and really, today I learned a valuable lesson. I finally confirmed something that, I did discover long ago, but didn't pay much attention to until now. I'm talking about the tremendous influence media (magazines, music & pop culture in general) have over our new generation. Yes, tweens and teens. It was today that I noticed how strongly they are bombarded with all these "suggestions" on how to dress, do hair, what to eat, how to act with friends or relationships and so on.
Take a magazine (I took teen vogue for example). Half of the mag are advertisements! The rest, more adds on where to get the look your fave celebs have, or how to get that "perfect hair or body or whatever" , I'm actually terrified for these kids!
I feel that being an individual is totally out! You must follow to be hit, it , in or whatever. If you lead, if you are you, genuine, true to yourself, you are outcasted; the odd one. Being a teen is a very hard part of life, you are trying to find yourself as an individual but you also want to be accepted. But following some piece of paper, not your heart in the quest for your identity is what worries me.
Today I saw this 13 yr old, telling her mom: " I want these Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses because this mag said they were in style and I don't want my friends to think I can't afford them".
This really scared me. Of course her mom couldn't get them for her, they were on a budget, but the girl kept whining and the mom felt horrible. This way of thinking is what I think is destroying our youth. They are not allowed to think for themselves anymore, they follow what media says, media turns them into the consumers they need to keep the market going. The media doesn't care about the healthy development of a new generation, they just want cash! And they target weak, developing minds to get it!
I really would like it if parents would get involved more in forging stronger self-esteem values in our youth, with this I'm sure no mag can tell them how to live their life and who to be. I know it's hard, economy sucks right now and parents barely have time to cook dinner, but this is why the media is targeting THEM! They know they are unprotected, fragile and they will all come without protest!
We need to save our youth, make them mentally strong. They are beautiful, perfect. Their own style is what makes them special, unique. There is no need to follow, they must feel that they can be who they are and be happy. Beauty is not what you see in those magazine covers, beauty is not to be like who's on t.v. Real Beauty, you do not need to spend loads of money on, you don't need designer clothes or shoes or make-up; you just need to be real, to be true, to be you!