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Why do young people place some much value on looks?
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Posted 7/30/10
It's a little hard for me to answer to this since i never really cared about how i look, but from what i know most people of my age range dress up in current fashions and wear loads of make up to attract potential lovers. Or in the workplace to leave a good impression of your lifestyle but i am not so sure that comes in to play much with teenagers. . .
Posted 7/30/10

tarakelly wrote:

I did not write this post to well. As time pass by and your beauty fads or an accident you cannot depend on looks alone. A good education and learning to be independent thinker down the road will be you biggest asset. Good sound fundamental language and more than one if possible, Math, deductive reasoning. Thing you really should know if you like to rock climb motor cycles fun but dangerous stuff. My language skill and spelling blow big time. I have made it through creative thinking problem solving.


Beauty is only a light switch away.
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Posted 8/1/10
well, I don't want to trace it to the roots of how it started, but here are a few factors that influence why young people place so much value on looks:

MEDIA

PEER PRESSURE


Posted 8/1/10
i dont like the way i look most of the time. ppl always call me ugly. especially those damn Filipinos
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Posted 8/1/10
I had a girl friend that wiped out on a motorcycle road rash and her body and face looks like hell. Now she has to work in the back of the office so people do not see her. Then again anybody that rides a fast bike note wearing leather and a full helmet get what they deserved. most clowns can't dump a bike and ride it out. Another went though a windshield she will never be the same. and both figured their bodies would land a rich male. I have a lot of other horror stories as well.
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Posted 8/6/10
everyone places value on looks, its human nature to find a most attractive mate. its how reproduction works.
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31 / M / So Cali, OC
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Posted 8/7/10
Would you rather kiss a ulgy face or a pretty one?
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25 / F / Georgia
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Posted 8/7/10
"People love with their eyes before their heart." I think that's how that quote is worded. Some people just fall for things that appeal to them by eyesight, not immediately with their heart. It's not just with people, it may be how food is displayed, or how certain clothes are designed. What appeals to an individual's eye, they'll go for it.
Luckily, it all varies on the person. Some people (not just young) focus on appearance rather than the individual's personality, some don't.
Posted 8/7/10

mystic17 wrote:

"People love with their eyes before their heart." I think that's how that quote is worded. Some people just fall for things that appeal to them by eyesight, not immediately with their heart. It's not just with people, it may be how food is displayed, or how certain clothes are designed. What appeals to an individual's eye, they'll go for it.
Luckily, it all varies on the person. Some people (not just young) focus on appearance rather than the individual's personality, some don't.
They say that "love is blind", but what a blind person can tell about the nature of humanity with their choices is simply incredible.
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Posted 8/7/10
The video was nice. She made some interesting points.
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Posted 8/7/10 , edited 8/7/10

TimelessLove wrote:

Looks are relatively decided from birth while personality is shaped by life.
Like how I prefer potential over current knowledge, I prefer Looks over personality.

In regards to intellect /potential vs looks, both are decided from birth. However, Looks are ostentatiously shown to those around us, thus I prefer Looks to fulfill my own vanity.


Mm.. After putting more thought into this..

It's sad that you have to accept one's appearance before being able to love him/her.
The acceptance of the appearance in the eyes of the beholder is necessary for the union to continue...
But in all, appearances are but blindfolds to the realization of love.

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Posted 8/7/10
Most of time, looks are the bait and personality is what makes people stay.

You're not going to know someone's personality when you just look at them, you actually have to talk to them. With that being said, if you see a beautiful person and an ugly person next to each other, which of them would you be more likely to socialize with?

I believe this mindset is basically why a lot of young people put so much value on their looks. The better you look, the better chance you'll have of attracting friends/mate. Simple as that.
Posted 8/8/10
Looks shouldn't matter, but often they really matter a lot. In The United States and every other country in the world I've visited looks do matter. Young people get bombarded with that message and with real life experiences of it from the time they are babies. The first real part in a ballet that I got as a child I didn't get because I was the best dancer. I got it because I was cute and the girl who was the better dancer was a little on the pudgy side and not very pretty to look at. Our instructor even told me in front of the other girls that I was going to have to really practice more since I only got the part because I was cute. A whole room full of little girls that day got taught a lesson... looks matter... I observe similar things happening all the time; people getting or not getting jobs, being given discounted or free admissions to clubs, being treated better or worse in public... and all because of looks. To tell young people that looks don't matter is to lie to them.

However like you said looks are fading and can be quickly lost. To tell a pretty child that being pretty is enough is a lie too. I think if we want to be honest with young people we need to tell them to be the best they can be both on the inside and the outside. That's what I think prepares them best to live in the world we live in.
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Posted 8/11/10
cause they're fucking retards and dont know squat shit!
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Posted 8/11/10
Looks are needed for attraction, for a relationship to be successful, the participants need to be attracted to one another, that's obvious. Personality is what makes the relationship last, and what really matters in the end.

Us young people place value in looks because of peer pressure, and the standards that the media sets. For instance, I'm only 5'4 115 pounds and i get called fat? It's because the other people around me are used to the anorexic models the media forces upon them. It's why many young girls either try to cover them selves up with lots of make-up, or become anorexic because of peer pressure. There are very few people who are truly happy with themselves...
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