Reality television is not harmful to its viewers and can be beneficial. It is a good source of entertainment. Reality television has become a major part of what people are watching on television today. People are drawn to these shows to escape everyday stresses. It has become so popular because it plays off of people's emotions and imagination.
Sitcoms usually portray perfect families who can solve any problem in thirty minutes. Reality shows show real people and how they react to different situations. Many people are fascinated with watching how people react to different environments and different people. It is unpredictable and surprising. Every episode people are tuned in and curious as to what is going to happen next, which keeps them watching week after week. It leaves them imagining what is going to happen next, or what might have happened if someone had made a different decision. They wait in anticipation for the next week's episode, wondering who will win the money and who will be chosen to go on to the next round.
Many reality shows also offer a large amount of money to the winner. It is interesting to see what people will actually do to win. On shows such as Fear Factor contestants eat pig intestines, free fall from twelve story buildings with only a quarter-inch cable to stop their bodies from hitting the concrete pavement below and do other dangerous and disgusting stunts. (Munroe B8) Viewers and contestants are both interested in easy money.
Another popular show, Temptation Island, sends unmarried couples to a tropical island to see if they will cheat on their partner with other sexy singles. People seem to be captivated by all the fighting, drama and random hook-ups. It is interesting to see who is still together and who broke up at the end of the show.
A study conducted at the University of Missouri-Columbia showed that reality television shows could have a positive impact of their viewers. According to recent Nielsen ratings, shows...
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