You are the Content You Consume: a bit of classical conditioning works

July 30 2021  ·  3 min read

Obese people are so obsessed with reducing their obesity that they will not notice how they are being conditioned to all the T.V ads they consume. If their paragon of aspiration, embodying the beauty standards, markets a product such as green tea, they would stop by the shop not to miss out on that product next time. All the media you consume influences shaping your thoughts. If you think media does not affect you think of the last dress you ordered online because a minute ad on Instagram or Facebook or a magazine page would have convinced you to buy it.

Shifting of attitudes and forming of habits: what is your diet?

People should be aware of the content they let manipulate them. Imagine how a person who only eats fast food would look like? Probably like a balloon about to burst. The results are not any different if people feed their minds with waste. The type of people one talks to, the media programs, the music, all of it becomes them. People generally like the music that speaks to them, they feel the beats and listen to the lyrics which they can relate to themselves. Thus, a sad song reminds them of bad memories, sparking their sadness and entertaining songs bring happy moments to their minds.    

The mind absorbs the content it is exposed to. Think of the last movie that made you cry. Why did you cry? Because it triggered your feelings. A horror movie scares the hell out of you. Because its soundtracks and scenarios create fear inside your mind and even your heartbeat will increase. And people who watch action movies are aggressive and get into rage easily.   

It becomes vivid eventually that the media people consume shift their attitudes and opinions. A daily life example is that of the famous game PUBG, which every kid is interested in. All they are exposed to is scoring kills and surviving till chicken dinner. Thus, those teenagers who spend most of their time using this application are exposed to vulgar language that they adopt eventually. This set of youth believes it is cool and admirable to have the greatest number of kills and to have the highest scores of popularity in the game.


Choose wisely the content you surround yourself with unsubscribing does not cost a penny. It is your right to refill your cup.


Unsubscribing does not cost a penny. It is your right to refill your cup.


Mass media offers a variety of programs it is up to the individual whether they choose to engage with shallow variety shows or add the valuable feed to their routine. Social hygiene can be taken care of through consuming feed which adds value to peoples’ lives. A cup cannot be filled if it is already overflowing. People are free to unsubscribe content that is full of shit and complaints. And surround themselves with podcasts, articles, e-books, etc that could give a true understanding of phenomena.   


Conclusion


If you are wearing a shirt with a BTS logo it signals that you are part of the BTS army. Meanwhile, if you are directioner your wardrobe might all be covered with One Direction products. If you are a student of art the lens you look at the world would be more creative and aesthetic than others. Moreover, you will have colorful hair, tattoos on your body, and rings in your noses, eyebrows, lips, and where not if you are into punk music. At the end of the day, your content is influencing you and changing your identity all the time. Therefore, you must be careful that your thoughts are yours only and not conditioned by the content you are consuming.




Aleena Abbas

Aleena Abbas

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