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Real Housewives of NJ: Five Reasons Why We Love to Watch

I have to come clean.  I watched the first season of Real Housewives of Orange County and a few episodes of Real Housewives of New York, and then I stopped.

Not because I didn’t want to watch but honestly I couldn’t keep up!  Now the Real Housewives have spread out to New Jersey, Atlanta and now D.C.  How can I keep up with all the drama?

What fascinates me is the appeal – why do so many women love to watch? Especially RHONJ!   They just can’t stay away.

Here are five reasons why:

The Drama.

OMG the drama!  This year’s Real Housewives of New Jersey has had its share of drama.  The catfights, the meltdowns, the dramatic emotions… I think everyone needs to step back and meditate!  Let’s not forget Bethany Frankel and Kelly Bensimon on Real Housewives of New York.  

The Scandal

Just look at all the popularity and stories about Teresa Giudice‘s family bankruptcy and auction of their belonging, not to mention husband Joe’s DUI charge.  People are hooked on the scandal.  Danielle Staub reportedly being fired from the show was breaking news, along with her provocative videos.   Everyone is already on top of Michaele Salahi the White-House crashing, sari-wearing society housewife in D.C. And everyone can’t wait to see what happens next.

To Compare:  

It makes us feel better about ourselves when we see what challenges or issues other mothers are facing.  “Some celebrity moms can actually make us feel great about our parenting skills. This can reinforce our feelings that we are in fact doing a great job, as in ‘Hey, I’m not such a bad mom after all – look at what she did! Someone else messed up!'” says psychotherapist Kimberly Moffit.

Ah yes, seeing other women screw up makes us feel better about our own lives.

Curiosity

Let’s face it, we want to see other women and how they are living, what they are buying, how they connect with others, how their marriage is, every little detail.  We find comfort in seeing that there are other people out there going through similar things.  Perhaps watching them gives us insight into our own lives.

“We can relate to them, share their experiences, and watch their children grow up as if we were watching our own friends’ or family members’ children,” says Moffit.

For pure guilty pleasure.

Self-explatory. “It can be exciting and entertaining see what celebrity moms and kids are wearing, where they’re hanging out, and what fun things they get to enjoy,” said Moffit.

And it’s strictly good TV.

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