“You don’t watch that do you?” How many times have you heard those words? Possibly not much if you spend your life watching nature documentaries, Question Time and high quality BBC dramas. When I read, I tend to read non-fiction. A lot of the books I read are intense and I wouldn’t really say that I read for relaxation as much as I do for gaining as much knowledge as I can on a subject. Television on the other hand is quite different. For me, television is equal to respite.
If you looked at my TV planner you’d find the trashiest of trash. I’m talking Love Island, TOWIE, I Survived, Wives with Knives, the shows of dreams, am I right? Of all of these types of shows, I love reality the most and so do the majority of my friends. The others seems to think such shows are inferior to them and it’s not an uncommon opinion.
I found a lovely little forum where one user asked why people watch reality TV. Here are some of the delightful replies:
Because they’re from the gene pool’s shallow end with IQs well below room temperature.
Perhaps because some people like it for the love of me i dont know why celebrating stupitidy seems to be the way forward.
Because they obviously do not have self respect!
I know I’m not showing you anything new here because it’s a common opinion that reality TV is for ‘stupid people,’ and honestly I’m just perplexed.
Do we watch sports because the sports players are intelligent? No, we watch because we enjoying sports (well I don’t but you understand what I’m saying.) When did it become the norm to assume that the people we’re watching on television reflect the people who are watching it? Is it jealousy that these people have made it onto television and are likely to come away with more opportunities?
I truly don’t have an answer but if you’re reading this still in the belief that watching reality TV magically lowers the viewer’s IQ, pop an ep of Love Island on and come back to me when you’re glued to your TV set.