Originally, I began watching reality television because it appeared to be interesting.
It was exhilarating to watch and admire beautiful people in their every day lives. It’s no surprise that a lot of the reality show characters are trendsetters and everything they do, wear and say becomes intriguing. Their lives appearing seemingly more interesting than the norm. The truth is reality television when put into perspective is not real at all.
I am not saying that reality television is scripted. But behaviors are altered when people are aware of an existing video camera and a world of an audience. When people know they are being watched they are not truly themselves. Do you know any adults who pick their nose in public? What about a thief that steals indiscreetly? How about a Nanny who abuses children when he/she knows they’re being videoed?
Think about the nasty things people do on a daily basis. Now place a video camera on a person 24-7 and record their every move. What you will see is a camera-friendly reaction and or behaviors that are altered based on the angle of the camera. Is this a depiction of what is real?
This theory paired with the fact that reality television producers select individuals who are often confrontational–does nothing but pull up reality television ratings. After all, who wants to watch a bunch of ugly boring people. This is the societal truth, people are drawn to the interesting and attractive.
There are reality television producers that decide not to bring individuals back on for another season because the individual wasn’t interesting enough. This was true for Sheree Whitfield from The House Wives of Atlanta. She simply was uninteresting and didn’t have enough going on to engage viewers. Although, watching animals fight in the wild is more natural and interesting than watching house wives fight simply just because they’re being filmed.
Aside from this, there is definitely a psychological purpose for placing people together that considerably would never live harmoniously on camera or off camera for that matter.
However, a bunch of people being filmed with the purpose of creating interesting story lines, and developments systematically creates drama. The fact is, people who are being filmed act, respond, and behave differently. Now when there is more than one or two people in this equation this problem is compounded. This is why I have decided to give up reality television. It is the truth in unrealistic terms, altered by the lights, camera, action and tweets.
Reality television and social media compliment each other good or bad. Facebook and Twitter create the perception that everyone is watching. This alters what and how people post and tweet as well as the pictures they upload. Some individuals act as though they have their own reality show via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., equipped with an instant audience. This is why reality television is so popular, some people start to believe in their mind that they are living through their own series.
Unfortunately, the world is becoming a reality show with useless video footage full of the ego hungry and Hollywood wanna-be’s. Otherwise why else would people post or tweet what they just ate? Does anyone really care? Let’s be real, reality television is fake and psychologically scripted.