English Essay

Topics: Reality television, Television, Teenage pregnancy Pages: 4 (1333 words) Published: January 4, 2015
Reality TV shows provide poor role models for the younger generation

‘’Racial discrimination was fully utilised in Celebrity Big Brother 2007’’. This is exactly why my argumentative essay agrees with the statement written above. Reality shows indeed provide poor models for the younger generation. My topic is about what kind of reality shows are screened on TV and how that influences the younger generation in a negative way. (Reality shows - facts and effects, 2014)

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Reality shows encourage negative aspects such as promoting sexualisation, overindulgence and irresponsibility amongst youth. What has become acceptable in society is shocking, because it is dramatically lowered, compared to how it used to be. ‘’On average, a teen will watch twenty-eight hours of reality television per week, which is about fifteen thousand hours per year’’ it should come as no surprise then that our generation nowadays has such low standards and morals. This means our generation has constant access to vulgarity, sex, drugs, etc. I also believe that certain reality shows, such as Jersey Shore, The Valleys, The Only Way Is Essex and so on, provide youngsters with a bad image of sexual intercourse and having a relationship. Certain images in reality shows may change the youth’s idea of a normal and healthy relationship. They may start to impersonate these characters, thinking it is okay to behave the way they do on TV. (Blog #1 – Reality Television Affecting Youth Behaviour, 2013) Something interesting I have noticed, while doing my research is that women seem to be portrayed way more negatively in reality shows than men. So, what exactly is the reason behind this? One reason behind this would be that these so-called ‘’real women’’ only seem to have established the idea that happiness comes with money and materialistic stuff. Reality shows such as: ‘’Keeping up with the Kardashians, The only way is Essex, Made in Chelsea, etc.’’ seem to have given...

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