In our never-ending quest for advancement and authenticity, nowadays it seems that we take it for granted and become much too dependent on it to the point where our minds are blocked by this “false sense of reality.’’ Frank Rose wrote The Art of Immersion to inform us on the impact of technology in entertainment, advertising, and society when saying “authenticity is not what we want, but what we think we want.” So what is it that’s causing us human beings to become excessively reliant on this monster known as the Cyber World? Amongst our obsession, however, lies the forgotten fact that the latest development is not necessarily what is best for society. We are encouraged to believe that faster, more complex and superior technology will be beneficial to us in some way, especially for teens whose minds have been under the influence of television and the internet.
One good example would be the notorious Facebook. On this social network, users create their own web page with pictures and information about their personal ideas and feelings. This type of website appeals to this population when allowing members to stay in contact with friends who they may or may not be able to see. Facebook also creates a somewhat false sense of reality. Members are allowed to select which information to display on their own home page, as well as choosing whether or not that information is true. This freedom of choice allows members to create who they want to be rather than who they actually are, thus creating a false sense of reality.
Another example of this would be the well-known comedy-drama series Sex and the City, which narrates amongst four New York City friends (Carrie, Miranda, Samantha & Charlotte) that basically get just about anything they want. They are very open with their sex lives, have bills that hit the roof, and live their high-status lives in East Manhattan. (By the way, they don’t even have high level jobs.) These women make it seem acceptable to have casual sex often, buy things that are way too expensive even though you can’t afford them, and live in gorgeous condos without having decent jobs. Watching this creates false images in almost every teenage girls’ minds that they too can participate in these kinds of behavior without any consequences. When they partake in this and receive consequences (such as sexually transmitted diseases and/or pregnancy), their child-like minds are triggered causing them to feel confused as to why they can get away with these activities and they can’t (There was even this one episode where the main character, Carrie realizes she is homeless because she has spent $40,000 on shoes and does not have a deposit for an apartment… really what is that?!).
This has brought to my attention the major impact of mass media amongst teenagers, including the negative impacts on creating their body type ideals for both male and females. In addition, studies show how one's body image is not only publicized directly, but indirectly as well; whether in television or the internet. Not to mention these include literary classics as well, such as King Solomon’s Mines. Throughout the novel, three men (Quatermaine, Good & Sir Henry) are in search to find the hidden treasures behind Solomon’s cave. During this journey, they face many sufferings, such as hunger and thirst; but they still felt that it’ll all be worth it after they’ve reached their goal. When actually looking at Quatermaine’s map upside down, one could see that the map looks like the female body; the mountain of Sheba’s breasts being actual breasts and Solomon’s cave being a female’s private part. Why is it that at the end of their journey, the men felt the need to leave the valuable treasure behind due to minor difficulties? Like what they said: at least we can tell everyone we’ve been there and survived; thus creating a mental image in one’s mind that it’s okay to leave a woman out in the dirt, as long as you got what you wanted and you can tell everyone about it.
Technology has many positive aspects; however, when placed in the wrong hands, it becomes very unsafe for its users. Technology is a valuable tool but is somewhat misused by everyone else, especially with teenagers. We spend more time corresponding with our friends on cell phones and the Internet than we do working or participating in activities that can expand and challenge our minds, rather than isolating it with all these useless material. Teens today are lacking basic social skills due to lack of head-on communications for the reason being this technology.