Reality of Reality Shows- How They Get High Ratings

I feel compelled to discuss how these shows get their ratings to give parents who permit their children to watch them a better understanding of what subliminal messages their child may be receiving.

Sadly, reality shows that receive the highest ratings also have the highest peer abuse incidences, commonly called bullying. Peer abusers (bullies) love drama and are drawn to it like flies to feces! Bullying brings drama…always! The more altercations and confrontations a reality show displays for viewers, the more drama it brings.

More drama means the show is more interesting to viewers. The more interesting the show, the more views the show gets, and the higher the ratings the show receives.

Also, the more drama a certain reality star brings to a show (usually by bullying others on the show), the higher the show is rated, and in return, the higher the star is rated by producers of the show and network executives…all because he/she brings the most drama. For a reality star, this not only guarantees them a spot on the show’s next season but also much higher pay, with producers and execs offering the bullying star hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars!

This equals great rewards for bullies on the show…rewarding and encouraging despicable behavior! Think Teresa Guidice, “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” or Nene Leakes, “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

In my opinion, both of these women, who are in their 40’s and 50’s, have shown some of the most queen bee, mean girl behavior of anyone on television.

Should they even qualify as stars? I don’t know about anyone else, but in my opinion, watching women in this age group display such girl’s room/locker room antics is sickening and an embarrassment to my generation of women.

This behavior is unbecoming of women of any age but looks downright ugly coming from middle-aged women, whom you think would be a better example to younger females.

Parents need to sit down with children and explain that just because reality shows make bullying look glamorous does not mean that bullying is okay. Bullying is anything but glamorous, especially to victims.

Sadly, high ratings for these shows speak volumes about the society we live in today- that the bulk of society apparently has an insatiable appetite for trash. It is glaring proof that in the eyes of a vast majority, crap is king. It shouldn’t be any wonder that bullying and peer abuse is so globally rampant today.

Parents and grandparents must either forbid kids to watch these types of reality shows. If they permit them to watch it, they must also explain to the children that just because certain behavior is shown on television does not mean it is acceptable in real life.

We must also stop prioritizing petty and poor values, one of which is the misguided belief that being the most popular, liked, or the toughest kid on the block is what life’s all about.

24 thoughts on “Reality of Reality Shows- How They Get High Ratings

  1. Thank you for liking all those of my posts today and for the way you have been exposing bullying, coercive control and misogyny. Incidentally, when I tried to view one of your posts this afternoon, my Sky Broadband blocked the post as referring to themes such as weapons and violence. I thought you should know.

  2. These shows do show a small segment of our population, but try to pass it off as the norm. They are also more scripted and less reality as they appear, so an even smaller portion of society is dictating what we see (if we choose to watch).

  3. I don’t watch those shows. But I have been a fan of Survivor and Amazing Race for many years. Those shows have some of the drama, but they’re also game shows, and that’s why I watch them. Also, with a show like that, there’s always that hope that I can see the bully get their comeuppance by misplaying a situation in the game or creating an opening for the contestants who are their victims to work to take them down.

    I had a roommate once who came home and laughed and rolled his eyes when he caught me watching Survivor. A few days later, I caught him watching WWE wrestling. I said, I have an idea, I won’t make fun of you for WWE, and you don’t make fun of me for Survivor. He said, counter-proposal: you can make fun of me for WWE if I can make fun of you for Survivor. I said sure.

    A while later, he was watching wrestling again, and he said, you know, I think one of the things I like the most about watching wrestling is that there are some guys that you just don’t like, and you love to root for them to lose. I said, now that you mention it, that same thing also applies to Survivor.

    Of course, the drawback here is that sometimes the bullies win. Like last fall’s Amazing Race… :\

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