Dear Millennials, Don’t Let Reality TV Love Dictate Your Relationships
Turn on the TV and what do you see? Most likely a reality show with women fighting over a man or a man playing two women. Because this is so common, it’s almost considered more normal than seeing a healthy relationship, which is why modern day relationships tend to suffer so badly.
Many people won’t admit it, but reality TV plays a big part in how we deal with certain situations. We see an event we can relate to, watch it transpire, and assume that is the proper way to handle things. Little do we realize, the majority of the action on TV is merely staged by show producers for ratings! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the secret is out. Reality television is not reality.
So when we watch a couple have a fight, follow through with some mean words on social media, then all of sudden be back together after the season airs, it most likely wasn’t as genuine as we’d hope. It’s fictional.
Let’s put it like this. In Snow White, the princess couldn’t wake up without a kiss from her prince charming. If today’s society believed in fairy tales as much as they do reality TV, one may interpret that as “I’m not going to live my life or be happy until I find the man of my dreams.” Sounds silly to base life on a fictional character, right? So why base it on a fictional situation influenced by drama just to bring in an audience?
Smashing up an ex’s car windows or glorifying a man’s infidelity might look appealing on TV, but that’s because they don’t show the real life effects that follow. That is where the problem lies. Watching a world full of no repercussions can mislead a person into thinking settling issues that way is the way to go. People won’t understand how wrong it really is until they’re the ones facing a judge in court, or worse.
So what’s the lesson we have to keep in mind when watching our guilty pleasures? Remember the difference between you and them: It’s not the money, fancy cars, or big houses. It’s that you can’t yell, “cut!” and redo a scene in real life.