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In the 21st century and throughout history individuals and groups have been affected by sociocultural contexts The mass media probably has one of the biggest effects on culture Through television magazines and movies what is in out cool and not cool is all portrayed Adolescents are most directly affected by what our culture has become From the moment of birth there are stereotypes placed on a child if its a baby boy his things will be blue and for a baby girl blankets and clothes will be pink A little boy will play with cars trucks and action figures and a little girl will play dress up house and with Barbies and dolls These stereo types are often portrayed in the media although in the 21st century there have been some changes for example female television characters are now more often seen in nontraditional roles such as a police officer doctor or lawyer but the behavior of these characters will most often follow sex-typed patterns Males being more aggressive independent and action oriented whereas females are more passive and obedient The way a child thinks is also molded by society In the early 1900s a mother taught her daughter to churn butter and weave clothing by the time she hit puberty Meece153 Today this is almost unheard of Today computers are introduced to children they are present in homes and schools everywhere and these computers will in some ways affect a childs social and cognitive developmentMeece153 During adolescence physical changes begin to occur and boys and girls go through puberty Girls begin usually at age 10-12 and boys 12-14 Meece57 At this stage height and weight of children of the same age varies Due to the constant emphasis on being thin many children develop eating disorders In our culture thin is thought of as beautiful and it is very common for girls especially to develop an eating disorderMeece59 Substance abuse
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