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Celebrity Influence on Teens

With the rise in social media, celebrities have a wider range of fans with whom they interact on a more regular basis. Information is often shared which reaches teenagers globally. These either have a positive or negative impact on them.
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Celebrities hold a special and powerful place in all our hearts and minds for various different reasons. They sometimes win us over by their brilliant work, sometimes by their views about the community, sometimes their styles, sometimes their interactions with others in the industry and so many other ways in which they grab our attention.

Teenage is a vulnerable phase when the environment plays a significant role in the teenager’s setting f view points, beliefs, life goals, interactions, habits, behaviors, attitudes and so forth. Celebrities play a vital role in carving these aspects of the teen, from positive to negative.

Everything has its pros and cons. Let’s look at the negative effects of celebrities on teenage behavior and attitudes.

  1. Teenagers often feel dissatisfied with their appearances based on how celebrities look.

  2. Teenage girls especially feel like they have an imperfect body shape and compare themselves to how a celebrity looks in pictures, videos and otherwise in the media

  3. Often when celebrities talk about their diets and workout regimes, teenagers try to adapt to them even when they may not be of nutritional value in their age.

  4. Eating disorders can prevalent among teenagers which can be attributable to celebrity appearances and the need to be skinny

  5. Body dissatisfactions can often result in low self-worth, depression and a false idea of healthy weight and size

  6. Substance use is also another factor which is often picked up on from the media and celebrity culture

  7. Some celebrities also openly flaunt their luxurious lifestyles and hobbies which indirectly persuades teens to aspire for the same. This may lead to teens doing illegal things such as stealing money from parents or others, unhealthy spending habits and/or risky behaviors to ensure that hey also have a life similar to that of their favourite star

Everything has a positive and negative impact on each of us. Just like that, celebrities are not only a negative influence for teens but also promote several positive qualities and acts. Let’s take a brief look at some of those positive attributes.

  1. Their involvement in charity and helping the community encourages teens to do the same

  2. Promoting self-care and mental health

  3. Hard work and dedication to what they do

  4. Many celebrities now speak against ‘perfect’ skin and body and being more natural and accepting of how we look

  5. Those celebrities who engage in activities such as debates, reading/writing books, serving the community, seeking higher education, joining politics, travelling, eating healthy, speaking about healthy sleep and hygiene, spreading cultural awareness, speaking about sensitive concerns and so on can also inspire teens to seek the same and build a successful career of their own. This also enables them to not focus only on the outside but also stimulate their brains and intellect

Teens are bound to feel attracted to things their idealized star may be doing. They learn from media and what others do and gradually build an experience of their own. There is a fine line between following your favourite celebrity and obsessing over everything they do. Talking about these subjects and the celebrity influence with teens is important.

Talk to each other when you can and reflect on the extent to which you feel influenced by your loved singer, actor, author, chef, director, or any other popular person. Try to hang onto their positive attributes and grow as they did. We all learn from each other and doing the same with celebrities is just like that.

 

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Why being Adaptable is important?

Do you begin each day with the mindset that you are prepared to handle whatever might happen? Or does the prospect of experiencing unexpected events or leave you feeling anxious?

The personality trait of adaptability helps determine how you respond to change. People who are highly adaptable are often described as "flexible, or as someone who goes with the flow’. While we may or may not naturally be prone to being adaptable, we can consciously decide to be flexible in our ideas and expectations. Over time, this changes our attitude which will naturally lead us to become better at adjusting to the circumstances we'll all inevitably face.

 

 

There are many plus points in being adaptable. If you're feeling the need to become more adaptable or have been told you need to be more flexible, realize that these benefits are well within your scope, but they may take a little practice. It means being a perpetual optimist and displaying extraordinary resilience. Adaptability talent can be possessed both in both attitude and action, and one can’t exist without the other. Learn how you can adapt to become better with these tips:

 

  1. Someone who is adaptable is exposed to new ideas, and doesn't need to do things just because "that's how they've always been done." They're able to expect changes and don't fear when things don't go according to plan.

 

  1. People who are adaptable excel as front-runners. They earn the respect of their peers and inspire those around them to embrace change. People are more likely to trust in you when the going gets strong. They realize how good you are at get used to new situations. Nobody cares about the person who does nothing but panic all the time. 

 

  1. Imagine you got bad grades due to a decline in study performance or some other reason. What's your first move? Do you give up, or do you think about how you can reposition yourself? Being adaptable can mean less time in worrying over your mistakes, and less stress as you tackle challenges at study.

 

  1. Teentalkinidia experts believe that being adaptable has many benefits, one of the most important of which is increased happiness: We constantly meet psychological threats. Some of us succumb, we feel hopeless, disempowered and some meet challenges, take the knock and learn something from it. Our ability to have life satisfaction and to have good relationships really depends on our ability to adapt.

 

  1. Bad things happen to all of us but if you take adversity in stride, never letting it destroy you; then you adjust your thoughts and expectations to suit your new reality. Rather than dwelling on "what could have been’. Being adaptable is similar to being resilient.

 

  1. Deriving positives from situations or projects that don’t go as planned can be hard, particularly if the loss was big, or a significant deadline is lost. However, being able to find the silver lining in everything you do is a brilliant example of adaptability skills in action, as it involves you to reset and reframe your focus, often taking a step back and viewing things less judgmentally and more objectively. If you find it difficult to identify the positives, start by noting down what you learn when things don’t go as scheduled, factoring this exercise in as a crucial part of your evaluation strategy.

 

A famous Chinese proverb says, "The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher." Being adaptable means you alter yourself to accommodate your circumstances.  This means less time trying to modify your circumstances, which may or may not work, and more time regulating your own attitude and expectations. This is a lifelong process, and the sooner you start trying to turn your life around, the better. Keep receiving change, and don’t see the destruction of the status quo as a bad thing. It may seem simple to alter your state of mind in this way, but you have to be bold, brave and courageous.

 

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