After doing an investigation and research proposal into the human psyche’s fixation on reality television shows, I thought of sharing this as a post on my blog.
These days, majority of the people watch reality shows and the last ten years of South African television history has seen that viewers are spending more of their viewing time watching reality television shows.
Some of you might say: “No, I’m not fixated with reality shows; I just like to watch it.” However, when an episode is missed, people go beyond crazy, and usually people will skip functions, events or even dates just to watch their favourite reality show. Yes, then you already classify as being fixated, if not obsessed.
I mean who wants to miss out on shows like Master Chef, Survivor, Idols, The Kardasthians, and Fear Factor etc. It’s a craving that makes you hunger for more. Fiction and plots soon began leaving people cold, and the public became hungry for more reality TV shows.
Reality programmes and shows give the viewers a version of reality and reality television manipulates and constructs what you as the audience then view as ‘reality.’ In some way, reality television fulfils a certain desire many humans have. We want to watch these shows, even if they are somewhat authentic, but yet entertaining.
Not everyone base their reality on the reality shows they view, but majority of the population does, including me (I won’t say how I do, its embarrassing). However, reality television is sometimes stimulating and allows you to imaginary participate; sometimes imagine yourself within the programs.
I am sure that most of us enjoy our reality shows. We just can’t live without it!
Editor: Roelien Zwart
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