The Effects of Reality Television on Adolescent Body Perceptions and Acceptance of Stereotypes
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Adolescence is a time of rapid change, both physically and mentally. Popular television influences adolescent identity formation by stressing certain gender roles and body ideals. Reality television shows like The Bachelor, Toddlers and Tiaras, and Teen Mom portray certain stereotypes that can influence how young people view themselves and others. Though these shows are different, they each display certain stereotypes that can influence adolescent perceptions. By researching gender stereotypes, body ideals, and sexuality in reality television, I hope to discuss how the consumption of stereotypes can affect the self-perceptions of adolescents. Both genders are affected by the portrayals of femininity/masculinity, sexuality, and attractiveness that are represented in popular reality television. This research project will explore the negative effects of stereotype consumption on the formation of perceptions in adolescents and will stress the need for higher rates of media literacy in youth.