I am studying whether or not societies perceptions of beauty, influenced by digital media, impact men and women in their professional paths.
Because I want to find out whether or not societies perception of beauty plays a role in determining if one is qualified for a job.
In order to help my readers understand how great of a role digital media plays on impacting the thoughts and ideas of society as a whole.
Research Question: How does digital media influence societies perceptions of beauty, and how do these ideas impact men and women in daily their life?
According to an article on CNN.com, Attractiveness may influence ones salary and even ones prison sentence. The article mentions that society associates pretty people with being “good” meaning they wouldn’t do bad things. The article also mentions Vivian Diller, a New York-based psychologist and author. While Dillar was working on her Ph.D, she would model on the side. Even she stated that in order to be taken more seriously in class, she would remove all of her makeup beforehand. This comes to show that people who are physically beautiful aren’t taken as seriously as someone who is not.
It is no question that the media has changed societies view on many things, one of them being beauty. Not only do we idolize women and men for their “perfect” looks, we aspire to look like them in order to be considered beautiful. However, due to photo-shop, filters and other editing soft wares he bar for beauty has been set unrealistically high. We are surrounded by images on the media that encourage us to change ourselves to fit the perception of beauty. Media companies are hiring stars to promote products that encourage the idea of change, like waist trainers that will decrease waist size and teeth whiteners because your teeth aren’t white enough. According to the article “The Medically Modified Human” The cosmetic surgery industry in the United States is booming, with profits expected to reach $17.5 billion by 2015. All thanks to the media.
Call for responses:
How has the media influenced your idea of beauty and what have you done to modify your look to fit these ideals?
Has your appearance altered the way other individuals treat you? (positively or negatively in any environment)
Have you treated someone better or worse based of off of their physical appearance? if yes, how so?