Is reality TV a bad influence on society? | The Tylt
Is reality TV a bad influence on society?
The NPR staff of "All Things Considered" reported a segment about reality TV and discovered the fighting and arguing that goes frequently goes down on shows can actually make us more aggressive:
That unfriendly behavior is good for TV ratings, but it might be bad news for you, the viewer. A new study led by Bryan Gibson, a psychologist at Central Michigan University, finds watching reality shows with lots of what's called relational aggression — bullying, exclusion and manipulation — can make people more aggressive in their real lives.
But Rachel Cormack of Huffington Post believes these shows can actually be good for us. She argues that dating reality shows can feel nostalgic and drum up old, feel-good emotions.
It's easy to dismiss dating shows as all fluff and no substance, but we can't ignore their power to provoke -- to draw us in and connect with those deeper parts of our psyche.These shows also resonate because they remind us of the fun you have when first dating. They make us nostalgic for the romantic moments past; that preening, gleaming, peacocking scene. You witness the contestants on their best behaviour, charming and wooing their prospective mate. Oh cute, I remember when I wore heels on dates.
People who think they are too smart for frivolous reality TV/entertainment are actually really exposing the limits of their own intellect and cultural capacity but go the fuck off Gary who commutes in from Slough & takes pictures of pub chalkboards