I mentioned in my first blog that I’m a bit of a reality TV junkie. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but as far as bad habits go, it’s not the worst one I could have. Battling a runny nose and sore throat last night, I skipped my usual evening run and opted to clean out my DVR instead. This meant watching the latest episodes of The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser. Funny how when I got to work this morning and checked my new feed, I found an article titled, Peace of Mind: Snooki psychology, the pros and cons of reality TV.
In 2009, there were 56 reality programs on the major networks – that doesn’t even count the shows on Bravo, Food Network, MTV, etc., etc., etc. I sure wouldn’t want to be the person counting the number of shows on cable networks! So what’s with the obsession – Why does America love reality television? My guess is that it gives people a chance to blend fantasy with reality. Who doesn’t want to loose 10 pounds? Find love? Win a million dollars? Chances are, on every program, there is a participant you can relate too. It’s fun to imagine what you would do if you were placed in that situation – how you would act, what you would say.
I was so jealous of the “Pretty Woman Date” on The Bachelor that I almost dropped my Oreo into my glass of milk mid-dunk. What woman wouldn’t want to be pampered at the spa, given her choice of gorgeous gowns, a free pair of diamond earrings, and a private concert at the Hollywood Bowl? After imagining myself on that date, I also took the opportunity to judge all the crazies during the cocktail party. Note to self – don’t cry on the first date. I haven’t yet picked the girl I think is going to “win,” but after that episode, I’m voting for Emily. Then I moved on to The Biggest Loser. It’s really hard not to laugh during the workouts and challenges, but honestly, I don’t think I could do some of the things those participants do! Also – I would have totally caved and eaten a donut. I’m team Arthur and team Courtney all the way.
I will leave you with this final thought – in the last decade, more people applied to “The Real World” than to Harvard. Oh, and here’s a link to the article: Click Here