Stop Watching Reality TV
By Alex Borg
Reality TV is a waste of time, even for entertainment. There is nothing The Bachelor or The Kardashians can do or say to benefit your life. Matter of fact, reality television makes you dumber. Is that too harsh? Hardly. The catty drama portrayed in these so-called “reality” programs is gossip or anything other than actual reality. Semi-scripted, faux reality shows reduce the aptitude of viewers by exemplifying vanity and idiocy. This genre of television tells the general public, “It’s okay to be lazy and stupid.” Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is on TLC – The Learning Chanel! What are we learning from this show?
Sixty-seven percent of the world’s wealthiest people watch less than one hour of television each day. Only six percent of people who make more than $250,000 annually watch reality television. On the other hand, seventy-eight percent of people who make under $100,000 annually watch reality television regularly. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Granted, not all reality TV is awful. There is a lot to be learned from the occupational hazard shows like Deadliest Catch or Gold Rush: Alaska. These shows provide perspective on the acquisition of everyday commodities, from which Americans are so disconnected. Nevertheless, absorbing yourself in the lives and drama of the captains and crews tends to put you into the same position as if you were watching Jersey Shore. If you enjoy these types of shows, appreciate the tasks these men and women are performing. Gain an understanding of the labor required for harvesting Alaskan king crab or finding new gold deposits.
Now I’m not saying to always watch the news if you are going to relax in front of the television (although knowing what’s going on in your community and the world has its advantages). Rather, the next time you plop yourself on the lazy boy, check out the shows offering artistic, educational, and inspirational fulfillment. You may come away with new facts, insight, or energy that you can use to better your career and life.