The average teen spends about nine hours per day using media for their enjoyment, according to a report by Common Sense Media. Frighteningly, those same teens spend less than an average of 10 minutes a day talking to their parents. Movies, commercials, magazines, and websites portray beautiful people as ideal. Underweight models and Photoshopped images of perfection are everywhere. Diet products and beauty items send the message that being thinner and more attractive is the key to happiness and success. The effect can be seen in children at a young age.
Jenna, a year old young woman from Swansboro, North Carolina was followed into a bathroom at her church by a church leadership team member who proceeded to criticize her for her weight. The incident was caught on camera as Jenna was recording the confrontation, unbeknownst to the woman. Things escalate and as the woman is exiting the bathroom, Jenna reveals to her that has been videotaping the entire altercation. Just wanted to add this pic. I just want to say that I know I am not perfect!!!
So, it comes as no surprise really, that the teen of today is worried, to the point of psychosis, about her body image. And, if your teen spends most of her time in front of the mirror, or clicking selfies, you might want to sit her down and talk to her. This worry about how my body looks is the leading cause of stress-related disorders among teens.
Media's Effect on Body Image. The popular media television, movies, magazines, etc. Source: National Institute on Media and the Family.