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11 Healthy Reasons Why We Watch Reality TV

By Dresden Shumaker |

The very first reality show I ever watched was in 1992. I was a student at a performing arts high school and the biggest dream I had in the world was to move to New York City. When the true story of 7 strangers living The Real World on MTV debuted I was in awe. I instantly identified with Julie, the southern girl who was hoping to make it big in the city, and I tuned in every week to find out what was happening. Watching the show felt like having a permisable glance into a new world, because of course it was all real. Wasn’t it?

People refer to reality TV as a guilty pleasure. I think we can all let go of the guilt. Many of us are watching two to three reality programs this summer and having a blast! We like to watch people in unusual settings, master chefs at work, gifted dancers and singers — we go on the journey with reality TV.

Andy Dehnart gave a brilliant TEDx Talk about why reality TV is important. In a recent article in the New York Times, Andy shares, “reality television reveals a lot about humanity. It is at once a window and a mirror, showing how real people react and interact in extraordinary situations. It also forces us to consider how we’d respond — and how we are responding to what we watch.”

If you are drawn to watch reality TV shows you are not alone!

What’s the deal with reality TV? Why do we watch it?

11 Healthy Reasons Why We Watch Reality TV

Why We Watch Reality TV

Watch reality TV? You are not alone! Many of us are enjoying several unscripted shows this summer. Find out what keeps us tuning in every week.


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What reality show do you enjoy watching? What do you learn from it?

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Dresden Shumaker is going to work with the Muppets one of these days. (A girl can dream...) Find out more on her blog Creating Motherhood. Read bio and latest posts → Read Dresden Shumaker's latest posts →

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