How Does Society affect our Everyday Life?

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  • How does society affect our everyday life?
  • Alicia Guzman
  • The media provides role models that are degradingly submissive to women and teach them to value beauty and thinness over strength and character. While men are influenced by their role models to succeed academically and excel in all areas, we are expected to maintain a beautiful appearance.
  • What happens when you don’t act the way people expect you to behave?
  • Self-perception of the individual is directly related to society's self-perception. Our behaviours and the attitudes that cause them can often be based on what is deemed acceptable. We begin to see aspects of ourselves through filters - standards and rules based on general public opinion. Unfortunately, these are often heavily flawed and misconceptions lead to the harbouring of unhealthy ideals.
  • They carry an element of control or sanction, which can invoke feelings of guilt or fear if the social norm is not met
  • They tell us what to do and what not to do They are socially shared (in other words, most people have a general understanding and awareness of the norm)
  • They can actually constrain behavior – or at least highly influence it
  • As our media changes, so does society. The same rules that we build for ourselves are always being broken. We have breakthroughs. The world is ever-changing and new and wonderful things are discovered all the time. We no longer feel as though we always need to subscribe to what has been expected of us.
  • only pretty allowed :)
  • Fashion and lifestyle magazines are culprits too. The clue is in the name... these magazines are cleverly aimed to sell someone a lifestyle. We are told how we should dress and how and where to eat, drink and socialise. We read columns about how much people drink, smoke, take drugs and have affairs and suddenly it doesn't seem so much of an issue, because everyone is doing it.
  • we start feeling insecure, and everyone judges you because your different.
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