Listen Now: Reality Television
Addicted to reality TV? Turns out binge watching your favorite wanna be celebrities can actually make you a bad person.
According to a new study in media psychology the glitz and glamour you see in shows such as “Real Housewives,” “X Factor” and “The Apprentice” can warp your sense of reality and make you less sympathetic to those less fortunate.
Researchers looked at viewing habits of 487 adults between the ages of 18 and 49. It found that people who watch shows about wealthy people are more materialistic and think that the majority of people in poverty are there because they don’t work hard enough.
They also feel that benefits such as welfare and affordable housing make people lazy and should be cut or eliminated. The researchers found that these shows emphasize materialism as a way to be happy. This leads people to be more selfish and anti-social because they are trying to attain the things they see on TV.
So watch your favorite show for entertainment, but consider what they call reality might be a little far fetched.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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