For many, reality television is an escape from reality. Watching rich people struggle to perform basic tasks while chugging down a bottle of rosé is the perfect end to a long work week. The structure of reality TV mines conflict from the dumbest situations. It's designed to raise your self-esteem by projecting a cast of characters who make you feel like a genius in comparison.
Some of the things that come out of many of these stars mouths have you giggling. Sometimes the stupidity gives you reassurance that you're a little smarter than you think you are. A filter is definitely something many reality stars lack, which is one of the reasons we tend to love them. But, this lack of a filter also gets them into trouble sometimes when they say things that make absolutely no sense. So, next time you're feeling unintelligent, turn on an episode of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." You'll feel like you graduated from Harvard.
Others believe reality TV has contributed to the downfall of society. It rewards people for engaging in awful, self-absorbed behavior. It's empty calories in an era of incredible, rich serialized dramas like "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones." For many, reality TV is like opting to visit the arcade when you can be touring the Louvre. Reality TV is ruining TV.
Remember when networks like MTV and VH1 were known for their quality music content? Those days are long gone. Sure, these stations still show music videos, but a significant portion of the program lineup is filled with reality shows that don’t exactly promote great morals. There’s also that reality show on CBS that encourages people to be sneaky and underhanded when it looks like no one is watching. These shows glorify drunken behavior, turn a blind eye to infidelity, and promote physical violence. We don’t need any more of those things in the real world. This type of content also lowers the credibility of the TV station, which reduces the chances of seeing more quality programs on these channels.