You Don’t Watch That Do You?

You Don’t Watch That Do You?

“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.

Rachel x-x-x



  1. lulublue (luluDigitale)
    July 17, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I think that in some cases, those comments might be right, but not necessarily more than people who don’t watch… I do find that the few reality shows we get in France to be mind numbing to me when I’m subjected to them (ie rare visits to people’s homes when they watch), and I never choose to watch them because they just aren’t my own need nor taste. But I wouldn’t assume that because you watch them, you’d be a person with no brains, because I know better : you’re an intelligent, well-written person, and am sure that upon hearing you, I’d add well-spoken.

    Nothing wrong in watching something for entertainment, like that period my wife & I had decided to watch and laugh at the jerry springer show. Enjoy what you want to enjoy and don’t let people tell you that you’re not smart, or have low IQ, they know nothing and only assume that this equals that…

    I personally read both non and fiction books in more or less equal measures, and watch a lot of scifi and fantasy, as you’ll see on my review’s blog.

    I need to catch up on your blog, i’d started well and got slacked!

  2. July 18, 2017 / 9:26 am

    I did read somewhere that viewers of Love Island are actually more intelligent that non-viewers and I’m happy to believe that haha! TV is an escape for me where I can switch off and basically not have to think/pay any attention!
    Amy xx

  3. July 19, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    I’m totally with you on this one. There’s something so relaxing about trash TV! I also watch a lot of food shows and can confirm that it doesn’t make me a good chef haha

    Chloe x

  4. July 23, 2017 / 6:21 am

    Absolutely agree with you! For me I love watching reality/trashy television as you don’t have to think and it can be relaxing getting caught up in the storylines. I work as a nurse so when I come home I don’t want to watch anything super mentally stimulating i’d rather watch something where I can just simply watch. I’m totally not ashamed of watching trash tv, whenever anyone calls me on it I just brush it off. Totally loving Love Island right now haha.
    Holly x |

  5. abbeylouisarose
    July 23, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    This post resonates with me so much, Rachel!! I really enjoy reading classic literature, the summer before last I read Anna Karenina, and this summer I’ve been working my way through some of the Oxford World Classics series, but like you, when it comes to television, I love trashy escapism! I’m addicted to Gossip Girl and Geordie Shore, just because it’s nice to just switch off your brain for a while and laugh at something that’s a bit silly! Judgemental attitudes about television shows really are pointless and this has inspired me to stick up for my preferences a bit more, often I just don’t admit to watching trash TV haha!

    Abbey 😘

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