Social Media and the Effect Todays Youth

Our individual judgement on our own self-image becomes increasingly relevant in our lives as we age. When progressing through our development we try to achieve the goal of Self-Actualization. Once achieving this mentality a person realizes that they are satisfied completely with their current physical being or the environment that surrounds them. In the book The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf, the idea of creating an image for oneself and ignoring stereotypes that may challenge a person later on in their life is discussed. Self-Actualization helps us form a person that not only the public can be proud to be seen with but also a person that we as individuals can be proud of being.

With the increase of the use of social media in the youth of the world today, many under-developed young adults find themselves losing grasp on who they see themselves as. This is due to the pressure to maintain a certain “social image” in front of friends and peers. As mass media increases these trends begin to spread throughout social media and television leading to the kids of today being exposed to peer pressure and other trends that are spread peer to peer. This causes children to lose the ability to form their own “Self-Actualization” to help find who they are to themselves. This is due to many people worrying more about who others see them as instead of who they see themselves as. This begins the destruction of self-actualization from one generation to another, continuing the deterioration of not only, security in oneself, but also the ability to find who one wants to be in their own mind. This decides how future generations not only present themselves in public but also see themselves in their private lives. This problem in itself due to the social disorders that can stem from “fixing” one’s image to be more accepted in the eyes of society. When constantly changing who people see themselves as they cannot only deteriorate the number of friendships they have but also decline the number of new friends they can make.

In an article on the APP Gateway website from the American Academy of Pediatrics about pediatric social-media use states “According to a recent poll, 22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day. Seventy-five percent of teenagers now own cell phones, and 25% use them for social media, 54% use them for texting, and 24% use them for instant messaging. Thus, a large part of this generation’s social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cell phones.”(Source B), This statement shows the disturbing statistics of the relevance of social media in the lives of the youth. The large amount of time that kids and young adults spend on their devices allows the input of others and of social trends around the world to interact with the individual viewing them on a more personal level. This personal interaction allows the opinions of others the effect a person tenfold, leading to the increasing likelihood that a person will conform to please the opinions of others. In source B when speaking of children and their use of social media it is also stated “Because of their limited capacity for self-regulation and susceptibility to peer pressure, children and adolescents are at some risk as they navigate and experiment with social media.”, This shows the increased likelihood for kids to alter their personas and attitudes depending on the opinions of others.

Public shaming and stereotypes are a consistent problem for that many people face in today’s society and that others have faced for centuries. This issue, which often leads to the mental and emotional break down of an individual, is an ongoing problem among young adults today. These stereotypes stem from the image myths that surround men and women today. In The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf, it states “The model fantasy is probably the most widespread contemporary dream shared by young women from all backgrounds…”, This is due to the increasing pressure on young women by one another to “be flawless” like celebrities they see on mass media. This leads to an extensive increase in the bullying of those who don’t change their style to match the images they see on social media. As it is seen more and more regular to conform with the “trends of today” many people feel the pressure to keep up with others; leading to the fear of failure. This leaves many people struggling to find their public image because the hesitation that comes along with the fear of making the wrong social choices.

Many people lose the ability to see who they are in reality due to their constant forming of their “image”. In source C it states “Some believe that a person’s self-image is defined by events that affect him or her (doing well or not in school, work, or relationships.)”, This shows how not only social media but also social interaction in general can harm a person. With the increase in the spread of social media among today’s teens and young adults many people fear that their insecurities will be more visible to outsiders. Source D states “The effects of low self-esteem can leave you feeling pretty down.”, this shows how a person without strong self-actualization is missing the necessary protection from the grasp of social judgement.

In the image shown in source E it is shown that self-actualization is the biggest requirement for a “successful being”. Actualizing the self is the greatest way to find who one is and who one is meant to be. Source F shows the lack of self-actualization in teens by showing the most common body image perceptions that teens have about themselves. These things include things as 81% of 10 year olds being scared of being considered overweight. This shows the disturbing reality that surrounds our youth of today.

Without self-actualization teens and young adults today are missing a critical strategy when it comes to maintaining their self-esteem in the face of constant external pressure. The need for a strong self-actualization is even more relevant in today’s social media based generation. With the constant pressure to maintain trends being crammed down the throats of the kids in today’s society, it is crucial that the desire for self-acceptance be entwined in the generations to come. Without self-actualization the problem of conforming will increase to grow in the youth of the world, ultimately, leading to the destruction of individualism in society.

New Red Starbucks Cup

STARBUCK_RED_CUPWinter is coming, and along with that every kids favorite holiday, Christmas! Every year Starbucks releases its new “red cup” to signify the approaching holiday season.

Each year the design changes, from wintery snowflakes, to reindeer, to snowmen and ornaments. But this year, Starbucks did something very different from the past years. This year’s 2015 cup is plainly a bright red as opposed to the rival coffee shop, Dunkin’ Doughnuts.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts released their holiday cup containing holiday leaves and the word “joy” written in red across the cup. Many users on Twitter have stated that Dunkin’ Doughnuts released the cup in response to Starbucks but Dunkin’ Doughnuts claims differently.

“For many years Dunkin’ Donuts has served coffee in festive cups featuring the word ‘joy’ as part of our annual celebration of the season and holiday offerings,” the company claimed in an interview with CNN.

Starbucks simply responded that their holiday cups were supposed to be a blank canvas so their customers can draw on them and make them their own as previous customers have done in the past.

On social media, controversy over the cup started almost immediately after the release. Joshua Feuerstein, a “Facebook famous” man, posted a video, in rage about the new cups and how Starbucks took “Christ and Christmas” off their brand new cups. This idea started the hashtag #ItsJustACup on the twitter media.

Between the social media uproar and Dunkin’ Doughnuts’ new release, many people have voiced their opinion on the ordeal. Twitter users quickly pointed out that neither Starbucks nor Dunkin’ Doughnuts cups ever had Christian symbols on them, just wintery decorations to bring on the holidays.

 

Soccer’s Angel of Death

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Since the year 2010, 29 Professional Soccer players have died on the field or shortly after their match.

These men were in the best shape of their lives and nearly all of them were under the age of 25. Many of them had perfect health records and had passed the required medical checkups needed to play European Football. In fact, many of these players were considered to be the most fit athletes on their respected teams.

Former professional footballer for the Bolton Wanderers, Fabrice Muamba, suffered massive cardiac arrest during a televised match against Tottenham Hotspur on March 17, 2012. He was unresponsive and went without a heartbeat for 78 minutes after his initial collapse. Even though he received multiple defibrillator burst on the field and on the way to the hospital, he remained unresponsive until he reached the hospital. Luckily for Muamba, he regained awareness of his surroundings later that day and within 19 hours was removed from critical condition to serious and eventually to stable condition.

Muamba was forced to retire due to this injury, and is now apart of the coaching staff of the English club Liverpool. He still struggles with occasional heart problems even though before his injury he had no previous signs nor symptoms of heart related issues.

For many players around the world a land mine is waiting around the corner, these heart problems which are usually not seen until it is too late are waiting to take the careers or even the lives of young men and women around the footballing community.

Former soccer player Zachary Herold is an example of a player who’s career was taken before its time. Herold, who was one of the top picks in the 2010 MLS Super Draft, retired from professional soccer before he was even able to play his first professional match.

Herold was found by the medical staff of his former club, Toronto F.C., to have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or HCD as it is commonly referred to. HCD increases the chance of causing a player to acquire a fatal heart rhythm during physical activity which if not treated or discovered fast enough can lead to death.

Herold, who was 17 years old when he retired, had the opportunity to end his own career before he was medically forced to or even worse was killed by his greatest passion but what happens to the players who do not realize that they have a problem? How many players have to pass away before awareness of disorders such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac death is brought to the forefront of the soccer community?

Teams around the world such as Real Madrid, Manchester United and the L.A. Galaxy all use wireless heart-rate monitors during training sessions and other forms of practice in order to see in real time the reaction of the player’s heart to the exercise they’re undergoing. These machines are used to read when the heart rate is too high and too low and also to discover heart beat deformities so the training staff can assure the players safety.

These machines may keep players safe during a short period of time but in the long run when players are playing the upwards of 35 games a season and training 4-5 days a week how can teams prevent certain fatal issues from getting through the cracks?

Many people urge football associations to force teams the give bi-weekly or even weekly cardio screenings, including a electrocardiogram to assure players are safe.

These scanning’s would give players and teams the opportunity they need to take a deeper look into the healthiness of the athlete. The electrocardiogram would assure players a firm and reliable reading of the heart health and also help as a prevention for on field heart related injuries and deaths.

How many player’s must pass away before the football community stands up and make a change?

 

New Feminist Trend – Armpit Hair Dying

Story by: Alex Turner

In protest of the opinion, “women should be shaved at all times,” a new trend appears for all the feminists out there. Instead of having silky smooth pits, these girls are going to another level by growing out their armpit hair and giving it some glamour by dying it an un-natural color. The trend credit goes to Roxie Hunt, a hairstylist at Seattle salon called Vain.

While some do not understand the trend, saying it looks gross or disgusting, it could actually be the next step in ‘girl power’ or feminism to take control of their own body image.

The trend of dying your armpit hair turned out to be extremely controversial, as I suspected it would get when I first saw it.  It’s a controversial issue because it’s generally looked down on for a women to grow out body hair. Any hair besides the eyebrows and hair from the scalp is seen as bad, and that’s why there’s a whole industry dedicated to getting rid of body hair.

As I aged, I agreed that body hair was gross. More recently, I challenged that thought and realized that it’s pretty pointless. Body hair isn’t at all a bad thing, and I feel like people should embrace their natural bodies the way they are. Grooming is fine, that’s everyone’s personal decision. Women shouldn’t be forced to shave or be shamed about it if they dont. It should be seen as normal as getting a haircut. Some girls like short hair, others want to grow it out, others none at all.

 

The “Happy” Gap

Untitled1“Teens Starving Themselves for the Thigh Gap”

by Chassidy Taylor

In the early 2000’s we had “purging”, this was the act of sticking your finger down your throat to regurgitate the newly eaten remnants of a meal to keep that girly figure,  all for the sack of our teen girls keeping up with the idealistic perception that to be beautiful you must be a living, breathing, walking, talking “Barbie” doll.

Now a new trend is surfacing that seems to leave more mouth dropping backlash.  It is known as “The Happy Gap”. It is a new,  but odd fascination splitting into teens perception of what classifies them as among the beautiful and highly worshiped models of today’s fashion and beauty industry. This “happy gap” is the space between the upper thigh area of the legs.  But what price are these young women paying to have this all but odd and unusual “gap” that seems to split them from the rest? And is this the new fad for sexy and beautiful?

According to the Toronto Sun, glamorized and glorified, teens are copying thigh gaps sported by skinny fashion models and celebrities, by dieting, exercising and outright starving themselves so their thighs don’t touch. And they share their pain, pleasure and pictures on countless forums.  Shocking images of impossibly thin thighs and alarming declarations of self-body hatred are trending worldwide, filling web pages, and Twitter profiles, dedicated to the elusive gap, like those of models Cara Delavigne and Kate Moss, and Eleanor Calder, girlfriend of Louis Tomlinson from One Direction.

Here at Mesquite High School teen girls find it devastating how someone could just starve themselves for a long period of time just to get a models “happy gap.” Around campus I spoke with several female students, and even one male, and got their opinions on if the “happy gap” is all that appealing.

“I think if your naturally skinny, be happy, and if your heavy just make the best of it.” junior Ta’cory Rone said.  The girls here at MHS seem very baffled by this odd new trend.  “I think it is stupid, and immature that they choose to starve themselves to look like someone else”, Cynthia Bocangera said.  “I think they should live their life and be happy with the body God gave them.”

I believe that if girls my age want to lose weight they should eat healthy and exercise instead of starving themselves just because of some stupid gap between their legs.  My advice,  learn to love your body, and if you don’t, then put in the work to lose the weight, but don’t risk your health just to look pretty, remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

 

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Spring “Clean-UP”

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Spring….for most of us this is our favorite time of year.  A time of renewal.  A time to open up the windows and air out the house, a time to clean out and organize, a time to regroup and resize, a time for birth and rebirth.  Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and the weather is getting warmer.

Closets, sheds, and garages are screaming clean me, organize me, put me back in order.  But have you ever stopped to think that during this “clean-up” season, when we are cleaning our homes for their beauty make-over, that our bodies are also in desperate need of a “clean-up” as well.  Many of us think that in order to “clean-up” the body we must start with an exercise regimen. Exercise is a leading cure to what ills most of us, but for others it could be simply cleaning out that over stuffed medicine cabinet or drawer and organizing healthy habits back into our daily routines.

How many times have you been drawn in by advertisements that guarantee a longer happier life simply by taking this vitamin and/or mineral and/or supplement? How many of us stock pile these bottles of so called “fountain of youth” remedies to find that our medicine cabinets are bursting at the seams with half filled bottles of over the counter supplements and prescription drugs that have long passed their shelf life?

How many times have you began a New Year resolution with a new exercise and body “health” kick and stocked up on every vitamin and mineral that was advertised to give you longer health, healthier hair, extended beauty, etc…?  We are all victims of “the fountain of youth” remedies in our Barbie Doll society.

So when you are cleaning out your closets and your garages for the spring “clean-up” remember to add your medicine cabinet to that make-over.  Health and beauty does not start in a bottle; it starts with a healthy attitude and an exercise regimen that fits your personal lifestyle and schedule.

The next time you are siting up watching late night info-mercials due to insomnia,  remember that your medicine cabinet and your wallet will appreciate it if you could follow these three simple steps….lift, click and read.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and your health is in the hands of your doctor…follow his regimen and leave that medicine cabinet space for what really fixes your aliments.

from the Editor.

 

 

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