Think back to your childhood. Did you watch a lot of TV and movies? Did you listen to the radio? Read magazines? Were you immersed in the media from a young age, and as you grew up?
What do you think of the idea that media is causing depression in our country, and all over the world? Do you think it’s possible that the more you are involved in what society thinks is important, what the news chooses to report, and how men and women are supposed to act and dress can determine a person’s mental health?
Depression affects millions of people, and there really aren’t any specific known causes linked directly to it, so how are so many people impacted? What is the common thread?
Could it be true that the media is causing depression?
Maybe part of the link is that time spent watching TV, reading a beauty magazine, or playing video games is taking away from activities that counteract depression. If you spend hours sitting engaged in mass media in some way, you may not make time for exercise, relationships with other people, or even sleeping.
Cognitive and emotional development (the way you think and feel) is stunted when your brain is not challenged intellectually and socially, and when good patterns of sleep are not in place. Without these healthy modes of growth and recovery, symptoms of depression can definitely develop, and this isn’t even taking into account the messages that are being conveyed through the media outlets.
Self-esteem and Self-worth
Low self-esteem and low self-worth go hand-in-hand with depression, so if you are looking at pictures of size zero women and thinking that you have to look that way, you are influenced in a way that is making you feel badly about yourself.
If you are playing video games or watching TV for long periods of time and you lack close relationships with friends and family, you may feel lonely and lacking confidence.
Give it some thought. Is the media causing depression in you, or in someone you love?