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Does reality TV influence local crime rates?
For instance, we couldn't find any scientists who had undertaken research on Jersey Shore, or at least none who hadn't immediately switched to researching interplanetary travel. The closest we came was an expert on viral weaponry who disappeared while researching Snooki, leaving behind only a voice mail message that said, "Call me when she decides she can sing.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement Unfortunately, that lag might mean it may already be too late. While we're not saying reality TV causes an immediate decay in any societies it directly impacts, that's exactly what two Occidental College professors found last year with their statistical analysis of the reality show Laguna Beach.
One part of their analysis compared the titular setting of the reality show with the statistically similar, but relatively untelevised, town of Dana Point. Continue Reading Below Advertisement While Dana Point's crime rate continued to drop along with the rest of America's throughout the s, being the setting of a reality show acted as a spring board for crimes like "burglary, robbery, rape, auto theft, and larceny" in Laguna Beach.
One theory is that the region was flooded with people who wanted to either be like the rich idiots on the show or take advantage of them. Another posited that the criminal underground has no respect for life, law or property but has a well-developed sense of justice against that bitch Alex.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement Of course, one graph doesn't imply causality. Still, it's worth noting that the professors applied more statistical analysis to Laguna Beach than early scientists did to powered flight. The existence of a mathematical equation involving Laguna Beach just lowered IQ.
Not anybody's in particular; the idea of IQ itself was lowered by this equation. A future gated community. Continue Reading Below Advertisement Of course, that's only the specific location where the show was filmed.
As long as we're not watching Jersey Shore while sitting on the Jersey Shore, it's safe to sit back and watch it from a distance, right?
Markey Continue Reading Below Advertisement People watch these shows and talk about them -- that just means they're both bored and boring, right? Surely they don't take them seriously?
On a scale of seriousness, from "1" to "Getting themselves cut open with knives," two studies show that fans of reality TV take what they're watching extremely seriously.
A survey of first-time plastic surgery patients found that 78 percent were influenced by reality television, and 57 percent of all first-time patients were "high-intensity" viewers of cosmetic surgery reality TV. The fact that that's even a genre will cost us dearly when the transmissions reach more advanced alien species.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement The paper discussed "widespread unease" the how many people were getting plastic surgery because of these programs. This paper appeared in a journal by, for and dedicated to people who make their living performing plastic surgery.
They routinely patch up victims of motorbike crashes and industrial machinery, and the reason for getting plastic surgery they're most scared of is reality TV. Probably because using artificial means to become more like reality TV contestants is the exact opposite of evolution.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement This isn't just normal vanity, or an obvious correlation like how people interested in surgery would watch the shows.
Another study, this one involving people, found that those merely "exposed" to Extreme Makeover note that the scientists referred to the show the same way they'd refer to nuclear waste were more likely to want surgery.
After only 20 minutes, a group watching Extreme Makeover was measurably more interested in surgery compared with a control group watching Sell This House. Unfortunately, no data were collected on the frivolous purchases of unused power tools by the second group.
Terrifyingly, the study showed that the people's self-esteem, gender or happiness with their looks didn't affect how much the show influenced them. The only thing that mattered was whether they'd watched the show.TV medical dramas have radically raised expectations of the success of CPR.
In reality, it only works, at best, in 30% of cases; and for the elderly, the rate of success is as low as 5%. People love to demonize reality TV as evidence of decay in Western society, but have these people actually seen a reality show lately?They aren't all vehicles of Schadenfreude and exploitation.
Reality TV shows do more harm than good! Reality television causes teenagers to lose focus in school as it is distracting. Teenagers would stay up all night watching these fake reality shows instead of studying or doing homework. Does watching television affect your brain?
an action-packed crime drama, a sporting event, or a musical reality show, television programs offer a little something for everyone.
Of course, television programs can be educational.
They also recommend that children older than two not watch more than one to two hours of television each day. That people do suffer on some reality TV shows is beyond question - the very existence of reality programming may be threatened by the increase in lawsuits by people who have been injured and/or traumatized by the stunts these shows have staged.
Fox's 'Rosewood' was the only crime procedural with more than two black writers (it had three).