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Why Media makes Teenagers so Materialistic Materialism can be defined as primarily focusing on tangible items over spiritual or intellectual values Although many people in America live this way I feel as if a concentration on things rather than people is a meaningless way to exist Since many people acknowledge and agree with my point of view why does my generation continue to grow more materialistic Although I wasnt living during my parents teenage years I can bet everything was different Maybe its because my parents werent watching MTV everyday or maybe its because when my parents were younger it was cool to have good grades and a good head on your shoulders than to have a designer outfit and a hooked-up car Those are just two of things my peers hold in high regard My guess however is that my parents media was based on an era of Leave it to Beaver and Mayberry where people and ethical values had a higher place in society My generation 16 to 21 years old however is totally different than our parents were That is a shame because now if youre in my generation you arent accepted unless you fit the mold that the media has carefully created for us MTV has definitely played a role in the developing teenage materialism Every program or video shows trendy people wearing only the best new clothes and in every preceding video and program is another new trend of clothes For the teens who want so hard to fit in its really hard for them to keep up and they feel they must for them to fit in This increases our greediness to have everything they have-just so we can fit our generations idea of cool The problem is MTV can only market one form of cool for so long before it becomes old Cool to them is how much money they can get from the next
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