Did you watch “Naked and Afraid”? This Discovery Channel reality series challenged two strangers (male and female) to survive in the wild for 21 days, nude. The individuals coupled up had NEVER met previously. Fans of this show learned a ton about humans in rough conditions by watching – one being nudity ain’t sexy when you’re physically uncomfortable.
“Naked and Afraid” – what this reality TV show revealed about human nature:
- Men are wimps. (Sorry guys.) As soon as they get too hot, too thirsty or too hungry they breakdown. This moment is also the period in which they make rash decisions like to drink ‘strange’ water – h20 that might be contaminated by the elements. In episode 5, Puma almost died from this kind of mistake and had to quit early to receive medical treatment.
- Teaching doesn’t mean sh#t. Several of the participants taught survival skills in their home towns. Yet, when faced with actually performing them, they were at a loss. Their nerves were easily rattled by harsh elements and things that go boom in the night. Clint from episode 4 was a prime example. He whined throughout his 21 day stay, left his partner alone in the sea for fear of sharks and didn’t practice basic camping etiquette. But – this guy was a survivor instructor.
- Women REALLY love fashion. Despite their desperate situations, each female starring on “Naked and Afraid” restyled her hair. A few made hats, necklaces and other accessories. Apparently, ‘looking good’ is always a must even if you haven’t eaten for days and are covered with bug bites.
- Fire changes everything. It purifies water, cooks food, keeps the body warm, deters bugs and give the creator hope for survival. Surprisingly, the only person who brought a fire-starter as a survival tool was Ky, the female in episode 6. Considering this mid-lifer was dropped off into the Louisiana Swamplands, this move was smart. The odds of her making a fire in these conditions without a gadget was slim to none. Other participants in this reality TV show weren’t as savvy and struggled to get a fire going increasing their risk of hyperthermia and dehydration.
- Human beings are resilient. Only two people quit early not completing their full stay. Everyone else meandered through harsh conditions for three weeks. Considering what they all underwent this came as a surprise.
Because of it’s high ratings, expect to see a second season of “Naked and Afraid.” The Discovery Channel struck gold with this show; it’s a must-see for anyone curious about two-legged primates in the wild.