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STUDY: Reality Show Viewers Are More Neurotic, Have Lower Self-Esteem...
CNSNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.

Posted on 12/13/2012 9:28:24 AM PST by CNSNews.com

People who watch non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have a lower self-esteem, according to a new study.

The survey, conducted by Today.com polled 19,000 people and found that "those who watched non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have lower self-esteem than watchers who are not fans of the genre."

Additionally, the survey found that 72% of women and 60% of men watch Reality television simply because they're bored. Also, 46% of women and 26% of men watch this genre because they like to see how people with money and fame live their lives.

Deadliest Catch and Real Housewives were the top reality shows among men, according to the study.

While it appears most individuals watch Reality TV out of boredom, a study released last year found that some girls might be negatively impacted by these programs.

According to a report from the Girl Scouts Research Institute, "Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV," shows like "Teen Mom" and "Jersey Shore" have mixed effects on young girls.

The study polled 1,100 "tween" and teenage girls and found that reality shows can be uplifting and motivational, but they can also negatively impact girls' relationships and self-esteem.

Girls who regularly watch reality TV accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression and bullying in their own lives.

The report also found that these girls measure their worth primarily by physical appearance.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hollywood; iq; realitytv; tv
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To: X-spurt

I watch most of the Alaska shows because I hope to visit there again one day, but my favorite was Flying Wild Alaska before it got cancelled. Alaska State Troopers can get a bit depressing seeing the poverty in the villages, and the Alaska house hunting show kinda sucked.


41 posted on 12/13/2012 11:15:24 AM PST by laker_dad
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To: Jonty30

The article was about “non-competitive” reality shows. I never watched it but I think the Trump show is very competitive - a contest, in other words.

Really, just a fancy version of all the game shows I grew up with in the 60s.


42 posted on 12/13/2012 11:21:55 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: CNSNews.com

I enjoyed watching people trying to survive in another time. I remember a show named “Frontier House”. It was about three family groups who agreed to live as homesteaders in Montana. Had to live like it was 1800s. The UK had shows but they were named “The 1900 House” and “The 1940s House”. The Frontier House was better. Seemed to me the women in the UK shows were constantly complaining about everything.


43 posted on 12/13/2012 11:28:42 AM PST by timeflies
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To: sauropod

No, all women do not watch these shows. Please do not give the feminists ammunition. My son has read (not watched) about Honey Boo Boo, and he said that the children in the family are all by different men. From what I’ve heard about this show, it is not something a rational person would watch.

I do like critters and have watched the turtle man from time to time. I’ve seen a few episodes of the Duggers and Little People Big World. These two families have really good people in them.


44 posted on 12/13/2012 11:30:37 AM PST by Essie
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To: Obadiah

I know some men who really get into the reality TV stuff. Yep they’re extroverted know-it-all communication hogs who yammer away about everything that pops into their heads. Don’t know about the self esteem part of it though. Just saying. :-)


45 posted on 12/13/2012 11:57:58 AM PST by virgil
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To: McGruff

It’s a great show...no sex, no drugs, no drama, no meanness. Just fun and they always end at the dinner table and give thanks.


46 posted on 12/13/2012 12:05:14 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: McGruff

It’s a great show...no sex, no drugs, no drama, no meanness. Just fun and they always end at the dinner table and give thanks.


47 posted on 12/13/2012 12:05:23 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: CNSNews.com

Bait Car and Vegas Strip. LOL.


48 posted on 12/13/2012 12:16:20 PM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: CNSNews.com

I’m okay then. I have enough ‘reality’ in my own life to deal with.


49 posted on 12/13/2012 12:22:52 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: sauropod

‘Reality’ TV is the modern soap opera.


50 posted on 12/13/2012 12:26:58 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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