Media in the formation of Identity in Asia

Children today have increasingly engage themselves in technology every day.

Children today have increasingly engage themselves in technology every day.

As we go through our every day lives, we get to encounter different types of communication, whether it may be to one person, or even to a large group of people. With this, we begin to develop certain identities within ourselves. According to Martin & Nakayama, identity is created by the development of one’s self, in spurts, through communication over long period of time. Identities are also formed due to the influences of the different factors of society.

 

It is difficult in this century where in young people are surrounded by a lot of influential imagery, most especially in the popular media. Identity can no longer be formed merely in just a small community or a group of people, like your family. Today, arguably, everything seems to be media-saturated. It is pretty much obvious that in forming and nurturing an identity of a young man or woman, would definitely make use of imagery from the popular media. In the current times, it is pretty normal for kids to have their gadgets, cellphones and tablets on a daily basis. They would also have a way of accessing the web, whether it may be from their own technologies, in school or even at home. Although internet access can also be tamed with the consent of the parents, and how far they are willing to give freedom to their child. With this, the sense of one’s self is somehow shaped with the help of their parents. It is how they are raised as they grow up: they way they are dressed, how they act towards other people, etc. It is important to establish the identity the person, even at an early age. So as they grow up, whatever factors may occur, their self is still intact because of the core identity that they are nurtured with.

It is important for the family  to form and nurture the identity of their child.

It is important for the family to form and nurture the identity of their child.

 

Photos from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/9516978/Child-raising-costs-increased-by-12-per-cent.html and http://lifereallymatters.com/preschoolers-outperform-college-students-figuring-gadgets/