A new study called Real To Me: Girls and Reality TV, conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute, found reality television could be encouraging Regina George-like behavior in young girls. All of the girls in our study feel that reality shows promote bad behavior. The vast majority think these shows “often pit girls against each other to make the shows more exciting” (86%), “make people think that fighting is a normal part of a romantic relationship” (73%), and “make people think it’s okay to treat others badly (70%).”
Regular reality TV viewers accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives as well. They are considerably more
likely than non-viewers to agree that:
> “Gossiping is a normal part of a relationship between girls” (78% vs. 54%);
> “It’s in girls’ nature to be catty and competitive with one another” (68% vs. 50%); and
> “It’s hard for me to trust other girls” (63% vs. 50%).
Also, girls who view reality TV regularly are more focused on the value of physical appearance. Further, the research indicated that regular reality TV viewers emphasize being mean and/or lying to get ahead.
<click the pic to enlarge as always> The lesson of the day… Question what is real regarding reality television. h/t to Wayne Hipley for the heads-up on the research.