Why We Love Reality TV

Why We Love Reality TV

Why are we so obsessed with reality shows, and what keeps us coming back every week to watch them?

Maybe you’re an avid watcher or you’ve sworn off ever laying your eyes on a single episode: whatever the case may be, odds are you’ve heard someone in your life discussing some type of reality TV show. From Keeping Up with the Kardashians to Survivor to The Bachelor, reality shows hit home some point or another to audiences. Even though there is a large variety, people tend to group them together under the singular definition of reality TV.

It’s true that this genre does have a bad connotation with it, and yet people can’t seem to resist. Studies show that about seventy percent of Americans watch reality TV, and that is just in the United States alone. So what is so enticing about these particular types of shows? They’re not chalk full of carefully planned out plot points, with meaningful scenes and hidden messages, performed by award wining actors. Why do we love reality television so much?

One of the reasons is quite simple. It’s why we also enjoy shows like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. We watch for the drama and the excitement, and although it may be a different type of drama than those in carefully scripted shows, we still get the same amount of entertainment out of it. Reality shows tend to have their fair share of plot twists and moments that leave us in awe. We’d all be lying if we said the verbal and physical fights weren’t amusing as well. As stupid as those fights may seem, we can’t help but be drawn in to watching others act even more dysfunctional than ourselves. It’s fun to be a spectator as drama unfolds elsewhere, knowing your life isn’t nearly as chaotic as the show you’re watching.

That competition adds to the addiction. As humans we have a natural competitive side that shines through every now and then. Reality shows allow us to pick favorites and route for a winner, as the contestants perform tasks that we may not be able to do ourselves. These types of shows also allow us to compete without ever having to leave the comfort of our couches, while adding the exciting element of picking sides. Our favorite’s victories are our own victories, which makes tuning in every week to see if they win or succeed a thrilling experience.

Reality TV gets a bad wrap for not really being “real” at all, with a lot of shows having been accused of being scripted or staged. While this is probably true, reality shows are still not entirely fake, and do show real people facing real challenges. Of course there is editing, and people may “play up” their personalities or quirks for the sake of the camera;, but at the end of the day, reality TV is still closer to real life than movies or other shows, and that’s what’s so enticing about it. We enjoy watching shows that are relatable or shows that allow us to compare our own lives to.

Whether you are a devoted watcher of reality TV, or someone who views a few episodes here and there as their guilty pleasure, we can all agree that this semblance of voyeurism is entertaining--sophistication and theme aside.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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The Bantamweights Move Forward After Dillashaw 1 Year Suspension

What Is Next For The Bantamweight Division?


Shocking news broke last week that former 2-time UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw tested positive it is pretty unclear what is next for the 135-pound division. This was a huge blow to Dillashaw as he announced that the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) found an "Adverse finding" from a test following his bout with UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo this past January. In a bout that was controversial as Dillashaw lost the fight in 32 seconds via TKO.

Following the announcement TJ who has 16 wins and 4 losses in his career also announced he would be vacating the UFC bantamweight championship as it would not be fair to the rest of the division if he held the title while under suspension. The 33-year-old former champion plans on dealing with this recent test failure accordingly as he announced it on his Instagram. Many were expecting a fight announcement involving a fight between Dillashaw and #1 ranked bantamweight "Magic" Marlon Moraes for the title or a rematch with Cejudo rather than a drug test failure.

With the proclaimed greatest bantamweight ever being suspended for 1 year which was retroactive since the time of the bout with Henry Cejudo in January we will more than likely see a new champion crowned before the end of the summer. Though we do not necessarily know who the challengers will be for the title, Marlon Moraes will more than likely be one of the contenders. Moraes is currently on a 4 fight win streak as he protested for a championship bout in his most recent submission victory over #2 ranked bantamweight Raphael Assuncao.

Potential contender #3 ranked bantamweight the "Funk Master" Aljamain Sterling has been on a tear as he is on a 3 fight win streak as his most recent victory was over Jimmie Riveria via unanimous decision. It would make sense to have a rematch between #1 ranked Marlon Moraes and Sterling for the now vacant UFC Bantamweight title as they a both in the right position to fight for the title. The first time these two fighters met Marlon knocked out Aljamain with a knee in the 1st round.

#4 ranked bantamweight Pedro Munhoz put up a convincing performance at UFC 235 when he knocked out former UFC bantamweight champion #6 ranked Cody Garbrandt in the 1st round which was considered fight of the night. There are a handful of fighters that could possibly fight for the vacant title since T.J. suspension. The only problem is it is kind of unclear who it will be.

Former bantamweight champion #5 ranked fighter and commentator Dominick Cruz recently got injured once again as the injury was to his shoulder. He then announced that he is expected to be out for a year. There is not a guarantee when Dominick will be back as he cannot shake off the injuries. Top prospect undefeated "Suga" Sean O'Malley is expected to return from suspension very soon as his suspension will be up at the end of the month. It will be interesting to see where he will fit into the division with T.J. Dillashaw's absence.

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