When you look at life and its intricacies, do you ask your self how or why? Take this list of names: Bono (U2), Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Lindsey Lohan, Mariah Carey, Lance Armstrong; what do you see? Wealth, fame, attractiveness, betrayal, druggie, liar? How about these names: Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, dad, aunt, uncle; what do you see? Controlling, judgmental, mean, hard working, respectable, loving? Although celebrities’ influence on younger individuals isn’t necessarily bad; our parents’ influence is what we really need to survive is this so called “real world”.
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Although celebrities have a negative wrap from media, their influence does have potential for good. Studies from the UK have shown the influence on youths public opinion from celebrities’ endorsements (good or bad). The study also recognized the fame of the celebrity also played a factor. For instance the more well know the celebrity or higher credibility, the higher the influence they have on young individuals. Here is an example; Paris Hilton had her public opinion on Aids. Nobody really heard about it or paid much attention at all, but when Bono shared his beliefs on a talk show, people were inspired world wide especially the youth! Lets look at parent’s belief and their impact on youths. When considering the influence of parents on their youth, the most obvious example is that of Christian fundamentalists in America. Many choose to homeschool their children where they can validate ideas like creationism despite nearly all scientists disagreeing with this. The result is that we now have a very vocal section on America that doesn’t believe in common ideas like climate change, tolerance, or evolution. Lets move into Role models. Both celebrities and parents, impact our influence by being role models. They can either have a negative or a positive effect. Negatively are behaviors through body image, parents or celebrities can influence the youth...
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