Author: Allen Bobinac
The media has a big impact on the way that young people now days have different role models from young people a few decades ago. I remember when I was a child and looking up to greater than life characters on screen like Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Van Damme.
Ohhh boy times have changed. Today these big names are a way past their prime but even if they would be, they probably wouldn’t be as popular as they were. The faces on the posters on the walls of young girls have changed and the most popular personalities are Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Kim Kardashian to name a few.
I will write four articles on this topic as it follows:
What is a good role model?
I always had many role models. The role models you have played a big role in what person you are going to become. We always imitate the people we like so it’s really important for everyone to have strong and positive role models. a role model can have a positive or negative effect. By the time kids grow up to be teenagers they already have a set of beliefs and most often they act the same way in their adulthood.
How does the media portrait role models?
Media is very powerful in term of because it has a huge influence on how people think and what they think is a norm. Make no mistake the media has a lot of positive sides and the personalities of the media that young people look up to can be a great influence and can set a good example. Like world-class athletes, well-respected actors and many more. But many people can look up to characters from the fiction world and have bigger expectations, and that’s based on the fact that those characters don’t live in the real world.
Today’s trends and celebrities?
Today’s young women are growing up surrounded by models and glamour, and today’s women are insecure, obsessed with their looks with low self-esteem. Young men are no different and they look for validation.
Why are role models so important?
Positive role models have a good set of values and are optimistic and have the ability to inspire. A good role model can set a good example, even in failure a great role model can teach us a lesson and show us that at the end of the day we are all human. The kids who look up to anti-heroes tend to be more aggressive and those kids are more likely to end up on the other side of the law.
The men I idolized built their bodies and became somebody – like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger – and I thought, ‘That can be me.’ So I started working out. The funny thing is I didn’t realize back then that I was having a defining moment. Dwayne Johnson