Even if you don’t watch television very much, other than to catch up on your favorite dramas or comedies, you probably know that reality TV has taken over the airwaves. Sure, these shows have given a number of people their start in Hollywood, but the quality and content of the shows themselves often leave a lot to be desired. It’s hard to believe (and kind of sad) that many of these shows are what future generations will deem as “classics.”
While it’s not possible (or completely necessary) to go back to the television and film eras of times past, it’s probably best to improve the quality of modern television for several reasons. The examples that are set on some reality shows give some people the impression that spoiled and entitled behavior works in the real world. There’s also a lot of superficial and egotistical conversations on reality TV shows, and the cast members often deal with issues that the average person can’t relate to. Some people even view reality TV as an escape from reality, which is completely ironic. Here are just 12 of the ways that reality television is basically destroying our society.
12 Reality TV Encourages Selfish Behavior
11 Reality TV Promotes Unrealistic Expectations
10 Reality TV Degrades Family Values
9 Reality TV Lowers Television Network Quality
8 Reality TV Encourages Unhealthy Relationships
7 Reality TV Gives A False Sense of Confidence (Or Lack Thereof)
6 Reality TV Supports Bad Acting
5 Reality TV Stars Reveal Too Much
4 Reality TV Doesn’t Promote Healthy Conflict Resolution
3 Reality TV Can Change Standards of Beauty
2 Reality TV Promotes Irresponsible Behavior
1 Reality TV Isn’t Reality
Most of all, it’s important to remember that reality TV isn’t actually reality. The cast members are paid to wear designer clothes, drink way too much champagne, yell at each other for no apparent reason, and behave irrationally. They are paid to show off their lavish houses, use certain brands of technology and appear on the red carpet. It’s their job to entertain you. Don’t be fooled by the fact that this genre of television is referred to as “reality,” and start imitating the behavior of your favorite reality stars. Unless, of course, they’re doing something that will actually benefit society.
Sources: pittsburgh.cbslocal.com, popcrunch.com
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