Some of the most popular television shows in today’s society are The Biggest Looser, Jersey Shore, and Big Brother. These programs and many others are classified as reality television. Reality television’s main purpose is to attempt to portray ordinary people in unscripted situations. Recently, however, many of these shows have achieved in creating the complete opposite, and have earned an immense amount of criticism as a result. Reality television programs are detrimental to society because they influence bad behavior among teenagers, do not produce authentic real life situations, and they humiliate many of the characters.
To begin, reality television shows are detrimental to society because they influence bad behavior among teenagers. These programs often show young individuals that break the law, drink alcohol, are disrespectful to people around them, and are in bad situations. The last part of the brain to develop is the part that distinguishes was is right to what is wrong. Therefore, many young viewers are influenced by these individuals and look up to them. Some individuals are such big fans of the stars in some of these shows that they mimic them.
The popular saying “monkey see, monkey do” definitely applies to this controversy. These shows make it seem as if everyone is acting in the way that the characters in the show act. Rather then provide viewers with encouragements to pursue a better education and to act responsibly, many of these programs portray actors to act irresponsibly. Some experts believe that this could lead to many more irresponsible individuals. America’s society is weakening because of the harmful affects reality television programs have on teenagers.
In addition, reality television programs do not produce authentic, real life situations. This is a problem because this produces misleading images of the essence of society. Labeling many shows as reality television is falsely advertising for many reasons. For example, the producers in many of these shows control all of the activities and the situations that take place. This creates an environment that was created inside a person’s imagination, and not a real environment.
Also, in many cases, the characters used in these shows are not ordinary individuals, but highly paid actors that simply recite scripts. Clearly, these shows are inaccurately labeled as “reality television,” and many individual’s time is wasted as a result. Time for many is very valuable. Wasting a person’s time because of an inaccurate description could be just as detrimental as wasting a person’s money because of an inaccurate description. Many people watch these shows to view real life situations, but what they are really viewing is the complete opposite.
This cultivates confusion about what is real and what is fake. Lastly, reality television programs are detrimental to society because they humiliate many of the characters. This is detrimental to the characters because of obvious reasons such as suicide. The effects of this on society are even greater. Many people watch shows such as American Idol because they find it humorous when some of the characters have awful singing abilities, and therefore humiliate themselves. In my opinion, this makes many viewers bullies inside.
If an individual watches the misfortune of others to make them feel better about themself, they are a bully. Therefore, reality television indirectly causes people to be bullies. Studies show that if a person has negative thoughts as a result of watching people humiliated on television; they may begin to publically display those thoughts. Therefore, if a person consistently views the humiliation of others on television, which may provoke negative thoughts about those individuals in their mind, they may publically state negative thoughts next time they see similar situations in the real world.
Beyond doubt, reality television is detrimental to society because they influence bad behavior among teenagers, do not produce authentic real life situations, and they humiliate many of the characters. Most viewers probably do not realize the harmful effects that these shows have on them, and fall victim to them subconsciously. Reality television are falsely advertised, endangers the well being of teenagers, and they humiliate many of the characters in them. Do reality shows portray reality, or are they changing reality?