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Negative impacts of reality tv shows

Studies on reality TV shows are being done by many researchers around the United States alone. They are trying to determine the negative impacts of reality TV shows and what difference reality TV show has really made. TV has been a long debate for a lot of individuals. There are some that find any television to be violent, unreal, and just something kids shouldn’t watch on a regular basis. Television has been blamed for quite a lot, but what are the real negative impacts of reality TV shows.

Violence, language, distorting reality and naming it reality television, and stupid stunts seem to mark a lot of reality television. You also have your love stories, dating shows, dancing shows, and home improvement shows. What are the children watching? Most often you will find teenagers watching American Idol, Dating shows, the Bachelor, and other shows. Some individuals think the negative impacts shown on marriage, and the “real world” distort what the kids take away from the show.

When considering this question what negative impacts of reality TV shows really exist you have to look at the individuals watching them. Little children are just beginning to learn how to disassociate reality from unreality. They will have a hard time viewing a reality TV show and finding where the half truths lie. Therefore the negative impacts of reality TV shows are going to be higher for this age range.

A teenager is going to view the reality shows and understand what could happen if they try it at home, and what may be faked by the networks for entertainment purposes. In this case they can dissociate reality versus non reality. Does this mean they will not try something at home? Teenagers like adventure and they will try stunts that could get them hurt, but is it the negative impacts of reality TV shows causing this? In most cases it is a lack of control. They seem something, try it, and get hurt even knowing that they could get hurt. It is about exploration. Having parental control can reduce some of these stunts from being pulled.

So while reality TV show does have negative connotations it is how the information is received and dealt with on a personal basis that will result in negative impacts. Making sure someone realizes that while it is called reality TV there are always certain aspects that can be manipulated is important.

November 21, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll


  1. Yes. I absolutely think that reality shows are a stupid and unwanted menace in the world of entertainment. They distort reality from unreality, and disrupt the social balance in any society.

    Comment by Sultan | August 7, 2008 | Reply

  2. I completely agree with both of you! Reality shows are a complete waste of time. They do nothing but show society that what they are doing is right and that everyone should follow it!

    Comment by anonymous | November 20, 2008 | Reply

  3. every activity has its pros n cons just as every coin has 2 sides n i truly believe that its wholly on the human psyche to learn gud thngs 4m it or 2 adopt the bad things which he is mor likely 2 do…

    Comment by shruti ajey | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  4. I agree with this article. you can’t blame reality shows for everything, but if teens were getting negatively influenced by peers already, these reality shows make the process worst.

    Comment by Anonymous | August 2, 2009 | Reply

  5. i think that reality shows r only meant for increasing the trp of their channel, but they do not bother abt the effects of it on toddlers. children r innocent and they don’t know what to adopt and what not to adopt frm it

    Comment by syed parvez ali | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  6. i am sahil khan a student in lords international school in 10th class.i must appericiate this paragraph given,because it is true that reality shows causes the disattachement of peoples from their family.

    Comment by sahil khan | August 9, 2009 | Reply

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