Media has a profound impact on many aspects of society, including well-being, community, political behavior, public health, and the economy. Technologies like the internet have revolutionized how we communicate and interact with others. The media can be both beneficial and detrimental depending on its use. In this essay I will examine the potential impacts of media on these various areas.
Well-Being: Media use can have positive or negative effects on an individual’s psychological well-being (Lauren & Bennett, 2018). Prolonged exposure to television programs or social media sites that contain violent content or portray unrealistic body images may lead to feelings of low self-esteem (Rothman et al., 2017). On the other hand, social media interaction may help build one’s sense of connectedness since individuals are able to share common interests with others (Lauren & Bennett, 2018). Additionally, educational content in traditional media such as television programs may aid in learning new skills which could improve quality of life (Hargittai & Shafer 2006).