Psychology Sample Essay Paper on Pop Culture

Pop Culture

Pop culture is usually the entirety of images, perspectives, memes, ideas, attitudes, and several other phenomena within a given culture (Tisdell & Thompson, 2007). The pop culture is normally influenced by the mass media. In addition, pop culture makes different ideas permeate individual’s everyday life in different societies. The culture is also viewed as trivial in a bid to look for a consensual acceptance in a certain mainstream of the culture. Nonetheless, this paper will review a magazine article ‘Emotion Regulation in Older Age’ by James J. Gross and Heather L. Urry that portrays old age in an overly negative light. In addition, the paper will show how old age is related to the concept of ageism and how this may affect our aging processes in our culture.

 Gross and Urry (2010) argued that people tend to associate old age with losses in social, physical, and cognate domains. They expound by explaining how old people feel when they wake up in the morning and find themselves unable to hear, see, or even taste things the way they used to do in their youth. Amazingly, if they look around their beds, the only available things are several medication bottles with names attached on them. When they try to reach the medicine, to examine what is inside, their joints creak with pain as excruciating pain demeans them.

When the old people lastly get to their feet, they are unsteady and weak than ever before. Interestingly, as they walk, people speak to them more loudly than ever. The old people find themselves loosing various things, which are imperative in their lives. They cannot imagine having to spend the rest of their lives in such a scenario. They feel nasty and awful. Gross & Urry (2010) also show how life is devastating for the old  people due to inability to manage their daily activities because of multiple or deliberating health condition. In addition, old people get trouble while monitoring their performance as they start suffering from memory declines. In fact, for many, that is normally the onset of dementia.

The article is related to the concept of old ageist because the behavior of old people is described in a manner that is ageist. For instance, when old people forget, it is not taken as something normal. In most cases, when old people forget, they are said to be senile while when young people forget, they are described to have a faulty memory. When old people complain about an incident or life, they are termed as difficult, while a young person may appear as being only critical. An old man is said to be getting old when he or she has a problem in hearing but not having a problem with hearing. Some people hold ageism towards the old people and equate them with being unhappy, sick, dying or unfulfilled. In the job market, the old may be depicted as more expensive and rigid, and less adaptable and productive as compared to the young people.

            Ageism affects our aging process in our culture because vitality, youth, and beauty are highly valued. The aging process is therefore counter to the aforementioned attributes. Good health is also an attribute anticipated by many and no one wants to age. There is also fear of dying. Everyone would want to distance him or herself from the fear of dying. Thus, everyone in the culture do everything possible to maintain his or her youth.


Tisdell, E. J., & Thompson, P. M. (2007). ‘Seeing from a different angle’: the role of pop culture in teaching for diversity and critical media literacy in adult education. International Journal of Lifelong Education. doi:10.1080/02601370701711349

Urry, H. L., & Gross, J. J. (2010). Emotion Regulation in Older Age. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 352-357. Retrieved from;