The Negative Influences of Media on Society You Never Thought About

So there is a section positively influenced by the media while there are others who take the wrong message from it. This makes the overweight feel out of place. How far do we go to check its authenticity? How deep do we dig to get to the root of something that’s making news? How critically do we judge the reality of reality shows and the truth behind true stories? We don’t think, we believe. But isn’t it too much to blindly believe that they exist? Fiction is amusing only till the distinction between fact and fiction is clear. Haven’t you had experiences of a bad dream after watching a violent movie? Or of imagining something scary happening to you after watching a horror film? Or a sudden fear gripping your mind after reading about a murder in your city? The reality should be depicted but not so gaudily that it’ll have a lasting impact on people’s minds.

You want to imitate an action sequence just because your favorite action hero looked ‘cool’ doing it. With the intent of stressing their point or for grabbing greater attention from the masses, media hypes or exaggerates things to a certain degree. Media is exposing the masses to fast food products, canned food, fad diets, and energy drinks. The masses fall for this being-in-the-news and end up imitating celebrities without much thought. The benefits of following a balanced diet are not being hyped anywhere. Not everyone is able to filter that element. Any publicity is good publicity, you begin to feel.

The negative effects of media on children are manifested in terms of their changing mental setup and the declining quality of their lifestyle. The bad is overinflated and the good goes unnoticed. Due to the oh-so-alluring media, most of their time is spent glued to the television, reading celebrity gossip, listening to something sensational or wandering aimlessly on the Internet. And that’s how impactive media is.

While a certain amount of exposure to media is essential for introducing ourselves to the world outside, excessive exposure, uncontrolled access and belief without thought won’t lead us anywhere. News sources often bombard you with the same negative stories over and over again, in order to increase the impact. People spending hours in front of a television or surfing the Internet experience eye problems. If children are bombarded with fight sequences, stunt work, sex and rape scenes, suicides and murders through books or movies, they are bound to leave a scar on these impressionable minds. Media is everywhere, affecting every aspect of life.


Unhealthy Lifestyle

Changed Outlook

The media is so overwhelming that the masses end up believing everything it says/shows. They are ready to starve themselves to lose weight. You want to wear the shade of nail polish Lady Gaga wears for that frantic gaga look. This leads to a notion that thin is sexy and fat is not. It’s not just media to be blamed in this case. Media is the interface through which millions look at the world outside. You want to be someone, but not yourself! And now you say media does not influence you! Oh come on, it surely does! Mass media does affect the way in which masses think and act. This can, and has led to increasing cases of anorexia. This is leading teenagers to adopt unhealthy eating habits. When the two worlds mix, life becomes difficult.


Your role models are people that the media exposes you to. What is shown with an intent to ‘spread a message’ ends up becoming a bombardment of the bad, the ugly. In a survey done on fifth graders by the National Institute on Media and the Family, it was found that kids had become dissatisfied with their bodies after watching a video of a certain very popular artiste and a certain scene from a popular TV show (names omitted on purpose).

The media has, in its own way, changed people’s outlook towards life. Use your judgment before following or falling for anything. Watching TV or browsing the web late night is spoiling the sleeping habits of many.. When this thought grips the minds of youngsters, they take to fad diets or turn to cosmetic surgeries to get that so-called perfect body. You want to do everything that people from the glamor world do, you want to be like your favorite celebrity. Those at a vulnerable age, especially children and teenagers, are highly influenced by anything that is put before them in a jazzy way. This affects kids and teenagers the most, as they are exposed to things they might interpret wrongly or may not even understand at that age.

Vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts – where did they come from? Fairies, superheroes, angels – where did they come from? It’s not only media to be blamed, as these characters belong to folklore. We don’t judge, we get influenced. Sometimes, small incidents or events in the lives of celebrities and politicians are hyped, in order to make them more sensational. Media has negative effects on the physical and psychological well-being of society. It influences their behavior both positively and negatively. But the negative effects are not conducive to a healthy society. The positive effects are surely celebrated by one and all. It’s not possible to insulate yourself completely from the effects of media, even if you limit the exposure. Children should invest more time reading good books, studying, playing outdoors and exercising. Media sources are so many in number and all of them so convincingly make their point, that it is hard to distinguish between right and wrong. An inferiority complex and lowered confidence in people with not-so-perfect bodies can lead to eating disorders. Depiction of the bad has a negative impact on kids not mature enough to interpret what they are being shown. Aren’t there ghost and vampire stories that media claims as real? These characters enter our world through books and movies. You want to wear the LBD just because you are a fan of Coco Chanel. It is bombarding you with content, news, information, gossip, rumors – it is exposing you to everything it has, some things necessary, some not; some things important, some not, some things you want to ignore, some things you cannot. And not just children, the unpleasant can impact even an adult’s mind. Media highlights controversies and scandals in the lives of celebrities. It has led to a general opinion that size-zero is the in thing and fat and chubby are out. And there are so many things you see around you, without choosing to watch them. An early exposure to bold or violent films, books publishing adult content and news portraying ugly social practices has a deep impact on young minds. You ask me why? Well, because there are these junk food advertisements everywhere. The impact of media is such that the wrong, the controversial, and the bad is more talked about. The media is constantly bombarding us with information. Refrain from watching such programs or news. They will only make the negative influence of media more obvious.

The Solution

The solution to avoiding the negative influence of media lies in limiting media exposure and choosing what to watch. There is no denying their amusement value or entertainment quotient. Parents and teachers have a big role to play in selecting what the young should see and what they should not.

Wrong Message

Information Overload

Right-or-Wrong Dilemma

Women with petite bodies and girls with a barbie figure are always shown to be more popular or attractive while the overweight are portrayed as less popular, having less friends and being bullied. But there are advertisements of expensive exercise equipment, and weight and fat loss programs. To get rid of a big nose or to get those big pouty lips, teenagers are ready to go under the knife.

Media is held responsible for the change in eating habits of teenagers and the unhealthy lifestyle they are adopting. At that age, they are attracted to anything that’s flashy and anything that can make news.

The negatives in society are highlighted with the purpose of awakening people about them. Adults may have the maturity to distinguish between the good and the bad, but bombarding only the bad can affect anyone at least at the subconscious level. The ‘awakening’ does not reach everyone or it reaches the masses in the wrong way. The reel entertains only till its difference from the real is understood. But media did play a role in propagating these characters and making them seem real. But unfortunately sometimes, the message is misconstrued. Newspapers, television and the Internet are used to convey social messages. Media influences them negatively. Most believe everything to be real, especially kids and teenagers.

Health Problems

To some extent, media is responsible for generating negative feelings among those exposed to it. The craze for models or actors and actresses, makes teenagers want bodies and facial features like theirs. Media claims to depict the ‘today’, but not all types of media show only the truth. Media influences public opinion and impacts the choices that people make.

Media portrayals give rise to stereotypes, affecting your mindset. Thus, all the time, you are glued to some form of media. Just like them, even you want to be in the news. With a ‘world’ of information and entertainment waiting on the other side of a computer or TV screen, it’s not unnatural for anyone to spend hours exploring it; it’s addictive. Don’t believe in them without thinking. As a responsible adult (parent or teacher), exercise control on the media exposure that kids and teenagers get. Don’t take media portrayals by their word. Instead, watch good programs that carry healthy content, engage in positive activities, and encourage others to do the same. There’s no one advertising the benefits of eating fresh fruit everyday, no one’s promoting drinking 8 glasses of water daily. Here, we will try to understand how media influences us negatively.

The media in itself is so addictive that once glued to it, you tend to forget everything else. When you are not watching TV, you are surfing the Internet, when you are not on the web, you are reading newspapers, when you are not reading anything, you are listening to something. Put things in perspective, and don’t let the media influence you to do the wrong things.

Blind Imitation

Media Addiction

Fact-Fantasy Confusion

When you try to imitate your role models from the glamor industry, do you give a thought to whether you are doing right or wrong? It is often seen that young girls and boys imitate celebrities blindly. You want to sport your favorite actors’ hairstyles and you want to walk like those ramp models do. Lack of physical activity leads to obesity problems. No one’s propagating the importance of exercising to keep fit. Advertisements carry subliminal messages influencing buyers’ psychology, or carry direct messages that bear a negative influence. The only way to shield yourself from them, is to not allow them to influence you. For example, the negative effects of addiction are portrayed through advertisements. The media does play a role in portraying thin as beautiful and fat as ugly. Sometimes, little things are blown out of proportion thus changing the way they are perceived by the audience

Negative Effects of Gambling

The National Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG) describes this type of gambling behavior as problem gambling.

? People continue gambling with the greed of winning money. Rehabilitating the gambling addicts needs money and time, and the process is not very easy. ? They start borrowing money and take secret loans. Thus, gambling can have a grave economic impact which is difficult to reverse.

? An Austrian study said that around 1 in 5 suicidal patients had a gambling problem.

Compulsive gambling leads to bankruptcy

? Substances of abuse are served at casinos and in pubs and clubs, thus increasing the likelihood of gamblers consuming them. It soon becomes a habit that can’t be broken.

? A majority of those addicted to gambling have substance abuse disorders.

? As gambling leads to increased criminal activities, in a way, gamblers add to the burden on prisons and the legal system.

? The costs of treating compulsive gamblers are huge. On giving a serious consideration to the negative effects of gambling, we realize that it is best avoided.

? People who fall prey to gambling tend to remain away from their families and waste money on other bad practices. It only leads to a thoughtless expenditure of money and valuables.

? Children of parents who are problem gamblers or gambling addicts tend to feel abandoned and angry, further increasing stress and leading to strained family relations.

Gambling refers to the betting of money on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the intent of winning additional wealth. The addiction robs a gambler of all the productive time and leads to loss of efficiency at work. It causes a decline in his/her work performance, thus hampering his career.

? According to a study by the George State University, 50% of the problem gamblers commit crime. Because of this, they land in worse situations and take the wrong decisions in life.

? Gamblers often exhibit mood swings and a strangely secretive behavior. Their mental state can even lead to suicidal tendencies.

? According to the University of New York, in people with alcohol use disorders, the chances of developing an addiction to gambling are 23 times higher.

? The addiction to gambling can leave one in bankruptcy. Some go that way to forget the sorrow of losing big sums when gambling.

? Gambling can lead to criminal activities. The greed never ends and they keep betting more and more. Addiction to gambling, coupled with substance abuse can make the gamblers physically abusive towards their family. Forget satisfaction or peace, it is not even refreshing in the real sense. Due to lost mental peace, they may ill-treat their spouse and children. It can drag you into crime, gambling isn’t fun.

? Addiction to gambling has been linked with substance abuse. Betting is a mentally taxing activity, and as one goes on risking more and more money, anxiety starts building.

Mental and physical health problems, financial issues, and conflicts in the family are among the common negative effects of gambling. In spite of the losses incurred, they continue betting. The two go hand in hand. In the following sections of this Buzzle article, we discuss the negative effects of gambling on the individual and society.

Initially, one looks at gambling as a way to run away from life’s problems, or from stress, anger, and loneliness. The stress of risking huge amounts of money or the frustration after losing it can increase the tendency of abuse in gamblers. Sports betting and arbitrage betting are the other types. The addiction leads people to continue with gambling irrespective of whether they earn or lose in the deal. Card games, coin tossing, and dice-based games are some non-casino based forms of gambling. Six to eight million people in America are estimated to have a gambling problem.

? According to a research by NCPG, 76 percent of problem gamblers are likely to have a major depressive disorder.

Games offered in casinos, table games like poker, Red Dog, and Blackjack, as also electronic games like Slot Machine and Video Poker are some of the common types of gambling. To add to the so-called merry atmosphere, gamblers often smoke or drink while playing.

? The stress from gambling may lead to health issues like ulcers, stomach problems, muscle pains, headaches, and problems with sleep.

? Problem gamblers and addicts tend to abuse their family members. They tend to stay away from their near ones, resulting in distrust between them and their loved ones.

? Over time, the practice of gambling starts becoming a habit and begins to have damaging effects at psychological, physical, and social levels. The decision to gamble money is based on three parameters namely; how much to bet, the predictability of the event, and the conditions agreed upon, between the gamblers. Their debt keeps building and it may reach an amount that exceeds their capacity to repay.

You could be at gunpoint or holding the gun. A recreational activity is supposed to be refreshing and relaxing, but something like gambling is contrary to the very purpose of recreation. A study by the same university suggested that 73% of the individuals who are imprisoned are found to be problem gamblers.

? Additionally, rehabilitation and public assistance systems are taxed.

? Gambling is practiced as a means of recreation. Over time, it becomes a habit, and eventually an obsession that can’t be overcome. When they lose the money they had risked, they further gamble to recover the lost amount and it becomes a vicious circle even they can’t escape from.

? Research has shown that gambling can lead to harmful behavior in people. Some take to substance abuse to supplement the high they get from winning huge sums while gambling. According to the National Research Council, 10 to 17% of the children of problem gamblers have been abused and so have 25 to 50% of the partners of problems gamblers.

? Gambling has proven to be addictive. The addiction has negative effects on one’s physical and mental health and it proves to be detrimental to one’s social, personal, and professional life. Thus, gambling practices cause a huge financial burden on the families of the affected and on the society at large.. The skill of a gambler lies in weighing the three parameters and making a decision about what amount should be staked and how much should be expected in return.

? Apart from absence at work and drop in efficiency, a common observation is that gamblers tend to steal money and engage in fraudulent behavior to recover from financial losses incurred when gambling, or to get more money to bet.

? Studies show that children with a sibling or parent addicted to gambling, are more likely to take to substance abuse.

Gambling = Thoughtless Expenditure + Waste of Time

? Similar to how an individual keeps consuming substances like drugs or alcohol to experience an altered mental state, he continues to gamble. The addiction gets on to the gamblers to such an extent that they fail to think wisely before acting. They engage in gambling activities at the cost of their time with family and friends. The effect is similar to that of having a drug or a drink, which is why gambling changes one’s mental state and mood.

? Gambling at the cost of one’s job results in a decline in the quality of his professional life. This proves to be detrimental to their social and family life

Don’t Bet on It: Sports Gambling in America

Once the states impose their regulations and their taxation on this activity, gambling on professional sports in America will be universal.

We now await input from the commissioners of the football, baseball and hockey leagues. No one has suggested that this fact of the sporting life be abolished, even if it were possible.

Gambling on professional sports will go on whatever we do. What Silver has done is to present the issue for public discussion.

We have entered a new phase of American history where some folks have begun to realize that prohibiting certain vices is foolish or just ineffective. . Perhaps fair-minded individuals will see the proposal for what it is — an effort to respond to reality and minimize some of the unfortunate consequences of having to place bets with a bookie in violation of the law. Only five states do not have a state lottery, but even some of those states have casino gambling. For some, the greatest joy comes from gambling on the uncertain outcomes of these contests.

What then are the chances that the other sports leagues and the politicians will go along with Adam Silver’s proposal? In the short run, I would not bet on it. Of course, gambling depends upon the games remaining unfixed. It is ubiquitous. It is a courageous position for a sports commissioner to take. We will see this trend continue.

Adam Silver’s approach calls for federal legislation that would allow states to decide whether they would authorize sports gambling. There is no reason to think that were Congress to give its consent in a fairly short period of time we would see a “sports book” in almost every jurisdiction. At the same time, all team sports have discovered the marketing advantages of adopting fantasy games, some of which approach sports gambling when a participant can chose a new team each week. It is time to legalize, regulate and tax it.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s op-ed in the New York Times calls upon Congress to change the nation’s laws to adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports. Adam Silver is right. They have been steadfast in opposition to the spread of legalized sports betting, most recently with regard to New Jersey’s effort to resuscitate Atlantic City by following the Nevada “sports book” model. Were this to be enacted, state sports gambling would spread like the lottery.

Gambling on sporting events is legal throughout most of the world. Professional sports think that gambling means that their games will not be decided on the merits, that fixers will invade their enterprises and cause spectators and fans to lose interest in patronizing their entertainment businesses. I would be surprised if the other commissioners follow Silver’s lead, but they will be asked. So far, the Rocky Mountain high has not caused Denver to rise about its mile limit. They should come prepared with an answer.

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There can be little question that sports gambling is a vice — much like drinking and playing the lottery. The availability of gambling online makes that easy to accomplish. Few turn on the games, especially football, without knowing the betting line. Alcohol continues to cause much more harm to society than illegal narcotics, but we learned the hard way that Prohibition generated far more problems than it solved. We are now experimenting with legalizing marijuana for recreational use. However, we have passed the point of trying to decide whether gambling on sports provides some sort of benefit to society. The sports establishment is vigilant in protecting the integrity of the product, and it will remain so if gambling is legalized, regulated and taxed.

How will politicians react to Silver’s proposal? If President Obama likes the idea — he dutifully fills out his bracket each March on the NCAA basketball tourney — then for sure the Republican majorities will oppose any change in the law. To recognize the reality that hundreds of billions of dollars are bet annually — and illegally — on sports is an enormous breakthrough even if the NBA is the only sport to recognize the fact