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More Real than Reality?
What if a person watches nothing but reality programming? From exposing themselves to these shows, they create a reality for themselves where embarrassment, disrespect, and degradation are the norm. In this constructed reality, relationships must be tumultuous and self-centered in order to be normal. Marriage is something that can be annulled in a second but perhaps worst of all, parenting is an adult centered soap opera where the children are barely considered and hardly protected.
Reality Television At Its Worst
How about you all? Do you watch a lot of reality TV? If so, what do you find draws you to watch the shows? If not, why do you avoid it?
What are the positive and negative effects of reality TV on today’s society in your opinion?
Share your experiences by commenting below!
Jacob’s Thoughts – Listed below are my random thoughts as I was reading this article.
- @ The world’s obsession with reality TV –
- Personally, I probably am not the best person to ask/comment about reality TV since the only reality TV shows I’ve really ever watched were Survivor and some of the series on the Discovery Channel, such as Dirty Jobs, Mythbusters, and Deadliest Catch. And, as far as I know, these shows aren’t the “stereotypical” reality TV shows that people most often think about.
- However, I do agree with the findings of the research study mentioned in the article above that mentions that many people choose to watch dramatic reality TV in order to feel better about one aspect of their lives or another.
- It could be argued that even with “light” drama reality TV shows such as Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs, people could watch these in order to feel more empowered/better about their own occupations.
- Do I think this is why I watch these shows? I didn’t until I read this post, but now, it has made me stop and think….It could be that on a sub-conscious level, I like to watch Dirty Jobs to feel glad that I don’t have to deal with that sort of stuff in my day-to-day routine.
- However, the conscious side of me says that I really like to watch the show just for the sake of it being interesting to find out what other jobs entail.
- After all, I have started a business that involved scooping up dog droppings from other people’s yards, so I definitely don’t feel like I am “above” jobs that involve getting your hands dirty.
- However, it’s definitely an interesting idea to ponder, since it’s not often that you think about what’s going on at a subconscious level.
- But, one thing that is for certain is that reality TV is wildly popular in today’s society! I once heard that more people voted for the winner of American Idol than for the President of the USA. Crazy!
- @ How reality TV affects today’s society –
- Another intriguing question is, how does reality TV affect the world’s population?
- First, I do feel that reality TV does shape our perceptions about what is considered “cool,” “attractive,” “socially acceptable,” as is touched upon by the article above.
- However, another potentially harmful effect that could be experienced with a large portion of the world’s population being glued to the TV set for many hours each week is a decrease in productivity.
- For example, instead of watching reality TV (or any TV for that matter) 4 hours per week, could that time be used to start a side business to help secure your family’s financial future?
- Instead of watching TV, could you be studying more? learning new skills? doing your homework? The list continues….
- It’d be interesting to do a future post to investigate any linkage between hours of TV watched per week and wealth/financial success! It’d be cool to see what trends could be observed!
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