Reality TV is Making People Mean and Petty, Who Knew?
The rise of reality TV and the legions of haughty dipsh*ts who star on it and watch it religiously is probably the surest sign of the apocalypse this side of the rise of religious fundamentalism and the wholly separate class of haughty dipsh*ts it has spawned. That’s why the news that reality TV influences teenage girls to act like shallow, entitled princesses is probably the least surprising discovery since, oh I don’t know, anything:
Parents beware: Tween and teen-aged girls who watch lots of reality TV “accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance,” according to a national survey conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute for a report Real To Me: Girls And Reality TV. Reality TV watchers are more likely than non-watchers to believe that “gossiping is a normal part of a relationship between girls” (78% vs 54%), that “girls often have to compete for a guy’s attention” (74% vs 63%) and that girls are happier when they have a boyfriend or significant other (49% vs 28%). Reality TV watchers also focus more on their physical appearance (72% vs 42%).
Huh, who figured that watching a bunch of self-important, superficial pod people constantly undercut each other for attention would influence teenage girls (not exactly the nicest group of people in the world) to act superficially? Certainly, not me. Oh, and here’s my favorite part of the news item:
The effects aren’t all bad. Researchers found that girls who regularly watch reality TV are more likely than non-watchers to aspire to leadership (46% vs 27%). They also believe that they are currently seen as a leader (75% vs 63%) and consider themselves role models for other girls (75% vs 61%).
Look, far be it from me to tell anyone what to do or how to think, blah blah blah, follow your dreams, you totally won’t end up bitter and disappointed. However, I don’t see how its a positive when girls who believe the things stated in the first paragraph aspire to lead and see themselves as leaders and role models. If anything that seems like a recipe for disaster to me, see where I’m going with this?