‘Do you want to look like this? With this protein shake you will increase your muscle weight by 4 kg in 3 weeks.’ There are a lot of benefits associated with internet media, but does all of the information on internet media, for example on social media, have a positive impact on us? Sometimes we come into contact with commercials like these on the internet, but how do these types of commercials affect you?
‘Do I look good? Do I have to exercise more and become one of the biggest guy/skinniest girl at school? Get a body like a model?’ Have you ever been thinking like this before and feel pressure to become the best? Internet media can pressure users through the body images it displays. How many times have you seen people posting body images using Facebook and Instagram? Moreover, how does this influence you?
‘…pressures can take a toll on someone with a predisposition to emotional and behavioral conditions such as depression or an eating disorder. Social pressure may also have a negative impact on someone who never struggled before with body image or eating issues’ Eating Disorder Hope (2010).
‘Body image ideals in the media have increased teenagers’ desire for plastic surgery’ Raisingchildren.net.au (2015)
Three months ago, I became sick. I had never struggled before with my confidence and how my body looked. I woke up with a severe headache and I was really dizzy. I went to my doctor and he told me ‘You have worked out too much, you have to relax’. Do you know why I trained so much? I was influenced by all the pressure of body images on internet media…
But… is the pressure of body image the only dissadvantage of internet media?
Being online becomes our social life
How much time do you spend on your computer, playing games or chatting with your friends on social media? I find myself more satisfied when spending my time with friends outdoors, like joining them on sporting events or just relaxing at a bar and having some few beers.
What about the people who spend more time on the computer? According to “Influence Guide”, some people spend more time on internet media than being social. Do you think this is an issue for the community? It could be. What about the children? There is also information out there that can have a bad influence which is avaible for everyone:
‘We utilise the internet to conduct research, communicate with friends, manage businesses and network with like-minded individuals. Therefore it should be to no one’s surprise that the violent extremist utilise the internet in much the same manner’ The Point Magazine (2013).
I think we all have to consider our use of internet media, but did you ever think about the possibility that some people could be more affected by it than others? Should access be limited, for example in the form of age limit? What do you think?