March 2017 archive

Games and social skills

This article is about how games effect children. The author believes that young children that play a lot of games have better social and intellectual skills, than ones that do not game. Many are concerned about the effects of video games, but the researches found that high game usage leads to better peer relationships and high overall school competence.

I have also read articles before that show the opposite side of this, where it has a negative effect on social and school skills. I agree that some games are designed to create interaction and bring out creativity, but when there is a high game usage then a child becomes addicted to the screen and doesn’t do or learn else in the real world. Yes,  they can become creative in a game of Minecraft, but this will not teach them how to build a sandcastle or ride a bike, or make a friend in person.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/video-games-children-learning-intelligence-social-skills-study-a6920961.html

 

 

Dove: the good and bad of the campaign

http://www.in-mind.org/article/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-the-dove-campaign-for-real-beauty

I have recently posted about the Dove campaign, and how successful it is. But this article shows the other side, and mentions some negative aspects about it. This article says that even this campaign can have negative effects on on body satisfaction in women, since even many women still do not relate to the standards set by the women showed in the ads (even though there are more diverse then usual ads we see). As a reminder, the campaign is called “real women”. “By using the term “real women”, it almost seems as if it might be increasing the salience of the difference between “most women” “and truly beautiful women”. – Adam Fetterman.

The other part I found interesting is that Dove is owned by the same person that owns Axe. Dove is empowering women of all shapes and ethnicity, but Axe is objectifying women.

Body Positive Social Media Campaigns

Related to my issue, body image and social media. This article shows 9 positive social media campaigns that are changing how we perceive beauty.

One of them is Dove – The perfect body. It is well known to show very diverse women and connect with them a lot more than usual campaigns.

Also, #ImNoAngel was made around the time of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, showing more curvy woman compared to the very skinny models in the show.

I personally believe these are all awesome, for body image around the world, but also great marketing strategy for companies. However, many believe these kind of hashtags and ads promote obesity/unhealthy lifestyle. Would like someone’s opinion!

https://www.bustle.com/articles/75539-9-body-positive-social-media-campaigns-that-are-changing-how-we-perceive-beauty-both-in-and

VINE

Thought this would be interesting relating to the video assignment. I used  to use vine and it was pretty popular a year or so ago. But what happened to it? Instagram and Twitter killed it. Especially Instagram since now you can  post videos, edit, and they are allowed to be a little longer which is convenient for everybody.

Here is the article with more information: https://marquettewire.org/3964218/ae/snapchat-instagram-send-vine-to-its-grave/