The media’s portrayal on health: A movie perspective

Movies have got quite an insightful influence on the psychosocial development of the young generation. Irrespective of the type or source of the film, their negative and positive effects cannot be understated. It generates a wish that age-appropriate movies fall within reach to regulate their effects on the viewers.

The diversity in the types of movies produced different stimulates to different people. The motivation comes from mixed sources from which individuals can access their favorite ones. The unlimited restrictions from various internet sites enable faster downloading of movies upon their online release and with fewer hustles provided a good internet connection exists. Along with it are the varied online watching sources, such as Youtube, Hulu, from which people can just view the trending films even without downloading. However, the drive to see these pictorial films emanates from the motivation to fulfill certain personal satisfactions. At times the transmission of ideas while watching coupled with the emotional liberation may suppress feelings and allow one to relax their body.

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Following an article in the Chicago Tribune, the laughter elicited from comedies helps lower anxiety and reduce nervous tension. Similar studies also sensitize on paying attention to entertaining films when emotionally challenged and about to decide on important issues surrounding their welfare. It makes sense that when an individual laughs over a joke they tend to forget a rather disturbing matter and provide room for healthy alternative ideas on solving their problems. Simultaneously, following an article in University of Maryland medical center, they studied on how funny and disturbing movies effect of emotions on blood vessels. Undoubtedly, the result also showing that funny movie does helps blood vessels function better, and disturbing move does conversely.


Furthermore, as a example of niche media production, a situation where media product is purely targeted towards a specific audience segment rather than aiminMV5BMTQzNDAzNzgyMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTkyMzMzNg@@._V1_CR0,25,266,150_AL_UX477_CR0,0,477,268_AL_g at a mass audience, the target audience of horror films is mostly characterized by daring characters such as ardent skydivers, extreme mountain climbers. The majority of these people get pleasure from intense moments and tend to enjoy what normal people deem as dangerous undertakings. It thus becomes strange, seeing a category of persons relishing bloody images.

However, the positivity of comedic videos is the boosting of the immune system and vasodilation which eventually reduces the blood pressure. Additionally, such pleasantries reduce anger and fright that would have otherwise been improbable in the first instance. On the contrary, horrific scenes don’t augur well with people that possess unpleasant recollections in their lives. They would lead to hypertension, chest pains, etc. However, the expanded option of observing the flicks has an underlying setback such as light-headedness, nausea and motion sickness. It is therefore not advisable to keep on watching them in the event of headaches or sickness.

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All in all, avoiding movies is not a solution to preventing health complications. Of much importance is watching the right movie at a right time.

BY Qing li



One thought on “The media’s portrayal on health: A movie perspective

  1. cascadiyeah

    Wow, interesting post Qing. You probably overstate the direct health impacts of film watching, but it’s a good jumping off point from which to do more research. I would have liked to see some outside support for your claim about the demographics of those who watch horror films.


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