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Mallory Weast Emilia Grant English 1102 04-07-14 Effects of Reality Television Knowle ge of reality television has im!

act on its viewers" in #oth ositive an negative ways$ %ow self-esteem is a common fin ing in in ivi &als that watch reality television$ Gray claims that shows s&ch as The Bachelor have negative effects on its viewers #eca&se it comm&nicates that all women in their twenties sho&l #e searching for a man to marry$ ' itionally" (&sh an )a!ire state that 72* of girls s!en more time on their a!!earance as a

res&lt of watching reality television$ While e+isting st& ies have clearly etermine the negative effects of reality television" st& ies have not f&lly a resse the !ositive effects$ Therefore" earlier st& ies have s&ggeste the negative effects" #&t more research is nee e to etermine the !ositive effects$ The !resent research tries to clarify the negative im!acts reality television has on its viewers$ When , e+amine negative effects" , fo&n that reality television has an im!act on the #o y image an self-esteem of its viewers$ ' itionally" we iscovere that reality television can have an im!act on relationshi!s with others$ -owever" we have also etermine that reality television shows can have a !ositive im!act on their viewers$ .or e+am!le" Duck Dynasty e+em!lifies how faith an family are two as!ects that are most im!ortant in life$ This im!acts the viewers #eca&se they can see that !eo!le can t&rn their lives aro&n with the hel! of family an relying on their faith$

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,n the en " the im!ortance of reality television is significant$ When most in ivi &als thin/ of reality television" they imagine all the harm it oes to its viewers$ , #elieve that reality television oes have a negative im!act$ -owever" , thin/ it is im!ortant to consi er the enco&raging an hel!f&l characteristics of reality television as well$ This #eing sai " , consi er reality television to have #oth negative an !ositive effects on its viewers$ When one thin/s of the negative im!act reality television has on its viewers" things s&ch as #o y image" self-esteem" an relationshi!s may are a few of the !oints that come to min $ There are vario&s reality television shows that effect this as!ect of ones life$ Emma Gray" writer of an article from the -&ffington 0ost" e+claims" 1Most in ivi &als have a love hate relationshi! with The Bachelor-we hate that we love it$2 The (achelor is a show where twenty-five women come on national television an try to win a man3s heart$ Thro&gho&t the co&rse of the show" the la ies an the man travel the worl " ho!ing that the man will fin someone to s!en the rest of his life with$ The g&y starts o&t with twenty-five women an event&ally narrows it own to one$ 'll in all" this means that the man has twenty-five girlfrien s$ Gray e+!lains" 1The &n erlying message of the show is terri#le$ ,t tells &s that all women in their twenties sho&l #e es!erately searching for a man to marry$2 , fin this very tr&e$ This show !&shes the i ea that women sho&l go thro&gh whatever it may ta/e in or er to fin a h&s#an $ To me" , #elieve this show teaches that cheating is o/ay$ ,n to ay3s society" this wo&l not wor/ o&t too well$ ' man is esigne to have one !artner$ Even tho&gh The Bachelor oes not have the #est message" , #elieve there are reasons viewers are attracte to it$ , /now from my !ersonal e+!erience watching this show" that , en4oy watching it #eca&se , am in love with the i ea of love$ This show is a!!ealing #eca&se it is romantic an i ealistic$ Every girl wo&l love to travel the worl with f&t&re s!o&se$ 's a res&lt"
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, thin/ this show is am&sing to watch all the women go on ates$ 'long with the effects the show has on its viewers" , thin/ it is also im!ortant to /ee! in min that only fo&r co&!les so far have act&ally staye together$ This re!resents how going on national television to ate is not efficient if yo& want to fin someone to s!en the rest of yo&r life with$ 'll things consi ere " The Bachelor oes not have the #est im!act on its viewers$ ,t !ortrays ating to #e an attention-see/ing sit&ation$ This is im!ortant in to ay3s society #eca&se in ivi &als that view this show will have high an &nrealistic e+!ectations for ating$ Even tho&gh this show oes not comm&nicate it" in ivi &als sho&l reali5e that ating is meant to #e share #etween two in ivi &als$ Americas Next Top Model is another reality television show that has a negative im!act on its viewers$ 6ne of the !o!&lar to!ics for reality television shows is the 7&est for the !erfect #o y 89orissen 2:$ Americas Next Top Model is a show that feat&res as!iring mo els com!eting for the o!!ort&nity to #egin a career in the mo eling in &stry$ ,n the finale" the winner gets to !artici!ate in a ;overGirl commercial$ This wo&l #e one of the reality television shows that , o not agree with sim!ly #eca&se it effects the way women view themselves$ This show !ortrays the i eal woman to #e tall an thin$ Therefore" the effects of this show co&l have negative im!acts #eca&se it effects the #o y image an self-esteem of in ivi &als$ )ince most of the in ivi &als that a!!ear on this show are thin" this e+em!lifies the i ea that in or er to #e acce!te #y society" one m&st #e thin$ This show !laces great em!hasis on weight$ -owever" #eca&se in ivi &als are #&ilt ifferent ways" this i ea co&l !otentially r&in ones self-esteem$ ' itionally" it co&l ca&se eating isor ers #eca&se yo&ng women feel that in or er to #e

#ea&tif&l they m&st #e thin$ .&rthermore" this show also ill&strates how society etermines #ea&ty #y ones o&twar a!!earance$ -owever" we /now that real #ea&ty lies within o&r hearts$
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,n a ition" reality television shows can also enco&rage !lastic s&rgery$ Reality shows s&ch as Extreme Makeover show women #efore" &ring" an after &n ergoing !lastic s&rgery$ 's a res&lt these shows glamori5e !lastic s&rgery 89orrisen 2:$ This show foc&ses on how m&ch #etter the women loo/ after the s&rgery$ -owever" it oes not ma/e /nown the ris/s !eo!le ta/es when they have !lastic s&rgery$ )&5anne E$ Ma55eo con &cte a st& y to e+amine the effects of reality television on eating isor er attit& es an #ehaviors$ -er res&lts concl& e that cosmetic s&rgery reality T< ma/eover shows contri#&te to eating isor ere attit& es an #ehaviors among yo&ng women$ ,n ivi &als that have eating isor ere attit& es have eating isor ers$ Most of these women have internali5e the thin-#o y i eal 8Ma55eo:$ =ot only o reality television shows im!act the way viewers view themselves" they also rewar #a #ehavior$ Tom Green e+!lains" 1,t &se to #e if yo& were si+teen an !regnant yo& wo&l get in tro&#le$ =ow yo& get yo&r own reality show$2 , thin/ this is a fine e+am!le of the way society has change over the years$ This also emonstrates how #eing si+teen an !regnant is no #ig eal$ (y starring on 16 and Pre nant" it is almost as if the in ivi &als #eing involve are #eing rewar e for their actions #eca&se they get their own television show that tells of how their lives have change as a res&lt of #ecoming !regnant$ 's a res&lt of these /in s of shows" we no longer have many heroes$ The ays of loo/ing &! to inventors" artists" an gen&inely s&ccessf&l !eo!le are gone$ )ociety is !artly to #lame for this #eca&se !eo!le are more intereste in negative information$ ,n ivi &als are a icte to this /in of television #eca&se it ma/es &s feel #etter a#o&t o&rselves 8Green:$ 'long with all the negative im!acts of reality television" there are also some !ositive effects that can enco&rage viewers$ When one isc&sses reality television shows it is li/ely that

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the !ositive attri#&tes go &nnotice $ Reality television can teach in ivi &als a#o&t etermination" val&es" #eliefs" an the 4oy of giving #ac/$ There are all /in s of reality television shows that effect the #o y image of its viewers$ )ome shows have more of a negative im!act" while others have !ositive im!acts an !rovi e enco&ragement$ 6ne of these shows wo&l #e The Bi est !oser$ 's we all /now" from !ersonal e+!erience or hearing a#o&t e+!erience from others" one3s #o y weight can #e a sensitive s&#4ect$ The Bi est !oser is a show where contestants com!ete to see who will lose the most weight$ Each contestant has trainers an n&tritionists that lea them own the right !ath to achieve their goal an lose the most weight$ >&ring the show yo& will see that the challenge is not always easy$ 't times the contestants may #e tem!te to give &! or give in 4&st a little #it$ 't the en of the show the contestant that has lost the most weight wins 8'rgyra/is:$ This show is a goo e+am!le of the enco&ragement that res&lts in watching some reality television shows$ Even tho&gh those watching are not act&ally !artici!ating" sim!ly watching it gives them a glim!se of ho!e that they can o whatever they !&t their min s to$ ' itionally"

this show ill&strates how etermination an setting goals will have great rewar s even when the going gets to&gh$ The tri&m!h of the h&man s!irit for anyone who wants to ma/e a healthy change in their lifestyle an iet is e+traor inary 8'rgyra/is:$

'nother reality television show that is!lays !ositive im!acts is 1? Ki s an ;o&nting$ This show goes a#ove an #eyon the ty!ical 'merican family of two chil ren$ The >&ggar3s are /nown for their large family that has their own show that is also /nown as 1" #ids and $ountin $ This family consists of the mom" Michele" the father" 9im (o#" an ten #oys an nine girls$ (eca&se the family is so large" there is never any own time an there is always some /in
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of action going on$ The >&ggar3s have &ni7&e !arenting styles that ma/e them stan a!art from most families$ Each ol er chil is a mentor to a yo&nger chil $ This gives them the o!!ort&nity to hel! them organi5e an stay on tas/ with their aily &ties 8'rgyra/is:$ , #elieve that this family emonstrates stan ar s that yo& o not see in families to ay$ This television show reveals how si#lings sho&l #e a hel!f&l reso&rce for each other$ )ince each si#ling is a mentor or has a mentor" they all have someone that they can go to if they nee a vice or if they 4&st nee someone to tal/ to$ , thin/ this is!lays an im!ortant trait that sho&l #e share among all si#lings an sho&l #e visi#le in to ay3s society$ , /now from my own e+!erience growing &! with a si#ling" it was nice to /now yo& wo&l always have someone there to tal/ with$ The close-/nit #on that is share #etween this family is an ins!iration to many #eca&se it emonstrates the ins!iring characteristics that are common in families$ .&rthermore" there are also reality television shows that !rovi e ins!iration to viewers$ Extreme Makeover% &ome Edition is a television show where the foc&s is on ho&sehol im!rovements$ This show is irecte at hel!ing less fort&nate families that are e+!eriencing 4o# loss" str&ggles with illnesses" or s&ffering from nat&ral isaster effects$ >&ring the show" the family has the o!!ort&nity to go on a vacation while the E+treme Ma/eover Team re#&il s their ho&se$ Everything that the family sees when they get #ac/ has #een onate from constr&ction com!anies" esigners" an vol&nteers 8'rgyra/is:$ This show is a !rime e+am!le of how we sho&l give #ac/ to o&r comm&nity$ , #elieve this show ill&strates the im!ortance of giving #ac/ in yo&r comm&nity$ Thro&gho&t the &ration of the time it ta/es for them to re#&il the ho&se" n&mero&s vol&nteers from all aro&n the comm&nity come together an hel! this family o&t$ , have watche this show vario&s times an
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every time it en s , feel ins!ire to get involve in my comm&nity$ This show has !ositive effects #eca&se it !laces an em!hasis on hel!ing others$ The gratit& e that the family shows at the en of the show when the new ho&se is reveale is heart-warming$ The families are always so than/f&l an a!!reciative that other in ivi &als were willing to ta/e the time o&t of their ay an vol&nteer to hel! re#&il their home$ ,n a ition to the reality television shows alrea y mentione " there is one more that , #elieve has a great im!act on its viewers$ 6ne of the most watche television shows to ay" an !ersonally my favorite" is Duck Dynasty$ The show is !ro#a#ly #est /nown for the g&n-toting Ro#ertsons3 )o&thern rawl" &nr&ly #ear s an camo&flage war ro#e 8(ailey:$ -owever" if yo& loo/ !ast the #ear s yo& will see that this family is centere aro&n their faith an love for their family$ The Ro#ertson family is a family that lives in %o&isiana an r&ns the >&c/ ;omman er -&nting )&!!ly ;om!any 8(ailey:$ The Ro#ertson3s on3t shy away from any social iss&e 8(ailey:$ ,n a s!eech to a !regnancy center" 0hil Ro#ertson ecrie the hi!!ie generation an a#ortion" saying" 1That movement l&re @0 million #a#ies o&t of their mothers3 wom#s$2 ' itionally 9ase an Missy

Ro#ertson s&ggeste that they wait &ntil marriage to have se+ 8(ailey:$ 16&r faith is the main !art of o&r lives" #&t it3s #etter to #e s&#tle"2 sai 'lan Ro#ertson" the #ear less fo&rth #rother of the clan$ 1We on3t want to ma/e it li/e AThe 700 ;l&# for Re nec/s$32 The Ro#ertsons are not sim!le television stars$ The Ro#ertson women have written #oo/s a#o&t vario&s to!ics$ 0hil Ro#ertson has ta/en his message on the roa an !reache at )a le#ac/ ;h&rch an share a#o&t the !atriarchys alcoholic !ast an the marital tro&#les they

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The Ro#ertson family also !laces an em!hasis on har wor/$ Thro&gho&t many of the e!iso es yo& will see the family !artici!ating in vario&s tas/s$ This emonstrates that har wor/ is im!ortant #eca&se in the en the rewar is always great$ .or e+am!le" in one e!iso e the chil ren #&il a foot#all fiel $ This also emonstrates how the family !laces an im!ortance on s!en ing time o&t oors$ 'll in all" this show has a !ositive im!act on its viewers #eca&se it emonstrates how anyone can t&rn their life aro&n $ ' itionally" it emonstrates how faith an

family are two im!ortant feat&res to have !resent in one3s life$ , #elieve this is tr&e #eca&se , was raise in a family that viewe faith as an im!ortant element to ones life$ There are many misconce!tions a#o&t reality television an the way viewers view it$ Even tho&gh reality television is not real an often over- ramati5e " it still has effects on its viewers$ -owever" some can #e more enco&raging an more !ositive than others$ )ome of the negative shows s&ch as Americas Next Top Model an The Bachelor im!act viewers #o y image an sen the wrong message a#o&t ating$ -owever" there are reality television shows li/e" The Bi est !oser an Duck Dynasty" which !rovi e enco&raging messages an give ho!e to their viewers$ There are some reality television shows that , agree with" while there are others that , isagree with$ 'll things consi ere " viewers let reality television have an effect on the life they choose to live$

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