Reality TV is to blame for the Regina Georges of the world or at least that’s the takeaway from a new study by the Girl Scouts Research Institute surveying 1,144 girls aged 11 to 17.
According to the survey, teen girls who watch shows like Jersey Shore, The Hills and The Real Housewives expect more drama, aggression and bullying in their lives.
“78% of regular viewers agreed that ‘gossiping is a normal part of a relationship between girls,’ compared with 54% of non-viewers. 68% agreed that ‘it’s in girls’ nature to be catty and competitive with one another,’ while only 50% of non-viewers thought so. And 63% of reality TV viewers said ‘it’s hard for me to trust other girls,’ compared with half of non-viewers.” [via]
Of course, there are some smart young ladies who realize that reality TV sets a bad example. 86% said shows “often pit girls against each other to make the shows more exciting”; and 70% agreed that reality TV makes “people think it’s okay to treat others badly.”
“Seventy-five percent of girls say that reality TV depicts people with different backgrounds and beliefs. Furthermore, 65% say such shows introduce new ideas and perspectives, 62% say the shows have raised their awareness of social issues and causes, and 59% have been taught new things that they wouldn’t have learned about otherwise.”
Well, now that you’ve gotten through all those numbers, what do you think? Scary or over-hyped? Either way, I’m sure we’ll be seeing way more Snooki’s in our future.