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Desiree Brightnose: So do you feel that media, as in advertising and social media, affect individual’s body image?
Ryan Sturgeon: Yeah, I believe that it has a huge impact on the way that we see ourself. And it’s a loaded question, I think I’ll answer it in a couple different ways.
With body image, a lot of times you see things in the media that don’t portray typical people. It’s very over representative looking at the kind of “perfect body”.
What everybody should inspire to be. And they don’t show a lot of imagery with people with disability, people with different body sizes and shapes, people even of colour sometimes.
And so you see a certain image and they try to sell products too, and they are kind of saying inexplicitly in their advertising, that if you look this way, you will be a better person in a certain way. So if you look this way, then you’ll have money, you’ll have love, you’ll have all the things in life that all the people want to have in life.
And so, in advertising, you have somebody that already comes into the situation where they look a certain way and then, of course, they have photoshop and various things like that. They spend hours and hours and hours trying to make this person look a certain way.
And after their many hours of trying – then they take their pictures that are all stage. And then afterward they photoshop for another few hours. And so, the outcome is very, very unrealistic. It’s not an image of a person, its an image of an ideal. And when you’re comparing ourselves to an ideal, obviously we are gonna fall short.
So I think that its a real problem is telling us that we are not good enough. If you want to have an adolescent to become depressed, give them a beauty magazine.
So I think it does hugely affect our self-image. I’ll give you a statistic, one in two teen girls according to Canadian Pediatrics Society. And one in four teenage boys have tried dieting to change the shape of their body. And so for girl, it’s a little bit different. Often times it’s to look slimmer, to look sexier and so on and so forth.
But for boys its to beef up to look more masculine. And so it’s that stereotypical masculinity and femininity thing, where a boy has to look big and muscular. And this all comes at a time when teenagers – there bodies are changing a lot.
And they look out of proportion because of all these changes. So I think it’s even more harmful for the adolescent population for sure.
Brightnose: Thank you so much for your time, Ryan. I really appreciate it.
Sturgeon: No problem, thanks for coming by.
The images of perfect bodies and gleaming smiles that fill social media are being blamed for causing profound insecurities among many young people.
Adolescents has always been a time for feeling awkward and unattractive, a problem made even worse when social media posts suggest everyone else has the perfect figure.
Zachary Cullen is a student finishing his freshman year in high school, “I feel like there’s a lot of things you you feel like you need to do and need to be, I feel those things too. ” Cullen says. “In high school, it really changed because there’s a lot more people and a lot more peer pressure to look the best way you can.”
And social media isn’t helping those who struggle with body image.
On the other side of town, counsellor Ryan Sturgeon works with teens who are struggling with body issues, “One in four teenage boys have tried dieting to change the shape of their body.” Sturgeon says. “[And] one in two teen girls, according to Canadian Pediatrics Society.”
Though men are typically not the target of beauty campaigns, they are also victims to media’s portrayal of what men should be.
Todd M. Wysocki, a professor of Psychology has conducted research in his article, Male Body Image: The Best Kept Secret , “215 college men completed a body image questionnaire developed specifically for this study.” Wysocki says. “More than half indicated some level of body dissatisfaction and 86% identified a desire to change parts of their body.”
But are body positive campaigns really aiming to help those who are struggling with body image, or are they a simply a target for advertising agencies?
Dove, a beauty company that has a well known background in promoting heart felt body acceptance campaigns – received negative backlash when they decided the create shampoo with different “body shapes” to represent the diversity of shapes.
“Our six exclusive bottle designs represent this diversity: just like women, we wanted to show that our iconic bottle can come in all shapes and sizes, too.” Dove said on its website.
Though on the consumer side of things, Nicolle Neulist is not impressed with the product. “I don’t want fat representation in soap bottle form.” Neulist says, “I’d prefer it in a form of fat people not being systematically treated poorly.”
It seems that she is not alone, many people have taken to twitter to voice their opinion.
Beauty companies that campaign for body positive isn’t fighting the real problem that alot who struggle with their body image: eating disorders.
The University of Pittsburgh has researched the correlation between eating disorders and social media. “[The] subjects who spent the most time engaged with social media each day had 2.2 times the risk of developing eating disorders.” The report continues, “ [Additionally,] those who most frequently checked their social media feeds weekly carried 2.6 times the risk.”
Back in the city, Cullen is taking a more healthy approach – he has been boxing for almost a year now. “It’s not really how my body looks now,” Cullen says. “It’s how boxing makes me feel. I am more confident in myself.”
Modern students are expected to accomplish rubrics that form curriculum’s. It’s an integral part of education. Other expectations that are essential to college students is getting acquainted with new software, saving on finances and organization, among other drawbacks. I’m Brian Denton, writing this blog in hopes to elaborate how to boil down your college needs with software efficiency.
First wave of software I’m running down will be centric towards word processing. Microsoft’s One Note is available enough for college students as Microsoft offers deals to colleges, but open source softwares such as OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and AbiWord; all user friendly replacements for Microsoft Word if you don’t have access to One Note. If writing isn’t your forte, or find yourself easily diverted, you might be looking for software such as DarkRoom which is a distraction free word processor. LaTex, which is used for writing down extensive research papers, is recommended for STEM students.
Some students find starting assignments as their biggest obstacle. If this sounds like somebody you know, they may have the option to video record and study off that or build presentations through this action. Open Broadcast Software and Icecream Apps are free softwares used to capture and record audio/video from your desired computer or device, with OBS being used to also livestream your recordings elsewhere.
My final coverage for this blog will be about Organization and Health. Cloud Servers such as Google Drive and MEGA.nz are a good start to storage. LucidChart is a collaborative group editor for flowcharts. 7-Zip is used to compress large files into a single folder, making file sharing that much less painful. TreeSheets is a note management service that structures your notes out in lieu of a tree. Lastly, students should take breaks to relieve any strain on their eyes, with f.lux software, your screen-burned eyes will be tended to after installing this app. F.lux works by taking your systems time and location and applying an algorithm that changes the overall screen colour – or “Temperature” over time or through a schedule. This helps on our eyes as they see light at different depths. Warmer colours are easier on the eyes than colder colours. Having a system that transitions from cold to warm throughout the day may relieve any optical discrepancies you may face as a student glued to several school monitors.
With new technology always on the rise the race to create the newest technology trends never ends, So its no surprise to me that Google has recently announced that they have been working on releasing a smartphone that can fold in every which way and slide right into your pocket.
As someone who likes to collect DVDs and Blu-Rays, one thing has been on my mind ever since Samsung announced that they would no longer be producing Blu-Ray and 4K players. Is physical media finally coming to an end?
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After releasing her EP don’t smile at me, March 29, 2019; Billie Eilish released multiple singles separate from this project.
My first impression to her music was that it was a breath of fresh air for the pop genre, the broodiness of the lyrical content doesn’t get in the way of the fun of listening to it while Billie’s performance, personality, and execution shine through.
The advertising of the album was rather intrusive much like drake’s 2018 release Scorpion, and the social media presence she has had the past year has stirred the topic that she could be an industry plant.
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Digital media isn’t just digital.
Do you need a loop of music? A nice piece that just repeats itself over and over? Well with this simple guide you will be well on your way to making your own great music loops!
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As an undiagnosed computer operator, I’ve been a fanatic for media formats for a while, in fact, that my current college education enrollment is an Interactive Media Arts program, aspiring to turn my hobbies into careeries. Here is a blog-lengthed Album Review.
Music Production Suite for Beginners – On a Budget
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Disney officially acquires 21st century fox after almost 10 years of speculation that they are trying to regain rights to the original Marvel Cinematic Universe
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College can be scary at first glance. But once you get the hang of things, it’s a wonderful place. Even though I’ve only been here for seven months, I already love the program I’m currently in. Here’s what you can expect if you sign up for the IMA Media Specialization. Read More