Ability, Attractiveness, Aging

W3 D2 Ability, Attractiveness, Aging HHS 320 250 words total

Ability, Attractiveness, & Aging

Watch the media segment on Teen girls open up about the ‘constant pressure’ of social media (Links to an external site.)and read the article about Melanie Benn, Social Worker Earns more than Medals at Athens Paralympics (Links to an external site.). In a 250-300 word post, consider the following questions:

  • How does the focus on beauty and youth affect us as we age or if we are disabled?
  • How does it affect our ability to work with someone who does not share our perspective or condition relative to these terms?

Support your comments with two sources and respond to at least two of your classmates.

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As people age, focus on beauty and youth becomes a concern because of the societal standards about physical appearance. Society is obsessed with youthfulness and beauty, and we are trying to measure up to society’s ideal looks and physical appearance. The older we get, we become more concerned with the aging face, the body shape, and the desire to look better than others. Physical attractiveness affects the way we are treated in schools, workplaces, and other social places. The “less attractive” feels less popular, affecting their self-esteem; they get frustrated, depressed, distressed, and pressured (Fardouly & Vartanian, 2016).  The perception that someone doesn’t look good compared to their peers makes them dislike their faces and bodies. Consequently, they try to hide imperfection by applying makeup and editing their social media pictures to look more appealing and gain social approval.


Preview YouTube video Teen girls open up about the ‘constant pressure’ of social media