Yesterday i was in the gym and i had a hard time doing my regular exercises because my Ipod was out of charge and i had to listen to the romantic songs that were played there.
They weren’t that normal kind of romantic songs but they were the type that gives you the impression that the singer is on his knees crying to get his or her lover back.
After all that might sound romantic to many people so why didn’t i manage to exercise?
In order to know the answer to this question and to understand how the media affects people then read this article.
You are what you listen to
A recent research has shown that people who see someone perusing a certain goal are more likely to become motivated to peruse their own goals. Most probably that happened to you too if you watched the movie Pursuit of happiness.
Another research showed that children became more cooperative when they saw pictures of people helping each other. This is exactly what happened to some people after watching the fast and the furious, but instead of being cooperative they became mad drivers!!
Whatever we see or hear affects the way we think, behave and our personalities.
If you watch comedy shows all the time your sense of humor will become higher
If you listen to inspirational songs all the time you will become motivated
and if you watch drama all the time you might become pessimistic.
So the media doesn’t only affect our current mood but it shapes our personalities on the long run.
What about your own media?
When i say the word media i don’t only mean the TV or newspapers but i also mean your own media. The music that you prefer, the movies that you like to watch and the magazines that you like to read.
Your own media shapes your personality and way of thinking to a great extent. Even getting exposed to a certain scene for few minutes can alter your way of thinking.
A third research has shown that people who stared at dinosaur skulls for minutes started to think about the meaning of life few minutes later.
Why i didn’t manage to exercise well
Now back to the romantic songs that were played in the gym
These songs teach people how to become broken, weak and helpless.
Listening to such songs slow down the recovery to a great extent.
After all if your media is feeding you with ideas that promote pain then you will act upon these ideas and you won’t recover quickly.
In the gym you need to feel the complete opposite in order to be able to lift heavy weights and because i know the effect of the media on the brain, mood and mind i was really feeling irritated while exercising.
You are not just what you eat
You are what you watch
and you are what you listen to
Beware of the effect of the media and especially of your own media