Early this week, I ask if there was anything you’ll like me to post and one of our fans wanted to know if males are affected by the unrealistic imagines shown on media has a negative effect on teens.
From both primary and secondary research, it is a 50/50 answer.
Mentioned in my earlier blog post, I was lucky enough to conduct primary research through interviewing a few teenagers which majority of them were males (keeping in mind most of them are either 13 or 14). From my findings, male teens highlighted that they understand the media’s affected on body image either through school or their parents. Some say they are somewhat affected by it but other say it does not affect them. Individually, they have shown that clothing sizes and what they wear do not really affect them mentally, as well as, their interaction socially.
During the teen period, it is a vulnerable stage for these individuals as their bodies are developing and constantly changing.
Mission Australia highlighted that in their Youth Survey 2015, Body image was the third highest concern overall, with 4.7% of males highlighted they were extremely concerned and 21% somewhat concerned. Despite the low rates compare to other concerns, the fashion, magazine, modelling and advertising industry have at some point influence males perception of what is seen as masculine and attractive.
The following affect of this can potentially lead to mental health issues like eating disorder and depression. Thus, we need stricter rules and policies to escape further illness that can be avoided at the very beginning. If you believe that action needs to be made sign the petition by clicking here.
Mission Australia Youth Survey 2015. (2015). 1st ed. [ebook] Available at: https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/research-evaluation/youth-survey [Accessed 11 Oct. 2016].