11:36am PT by Michael O'Connell
Reality TV Possibly Undermining Sisterhood in Young Girls
The Girl Scout Research Institute recently conducted a study on Reality TV, and the results won't even cost you $4 a box.
“Real To Me: Girls and Reality TV" includes feedback from more than 1,100 girls, between the ages of 11 and 17, around the United States. Response differed dramatically from those who regularly watch reality TV and those who do not.
Covering matters of self-worth, integrity and relationships, the girls who watch reality TV had the highest percentage of unfavorable response.
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Nearly 80 percent of reality watchers said that "gossiping is a normal part of a relationship between girls," compared to only 54 percent of the other girls. Another 68 percent on team reality think it's in the female nature to be "catty and competitive with one another." Only half of the non-viewers agreed with that statement.
Reality watchers also topped non-viewers by at least 10 percent when asked if they agree that "you have to lie to get what you want" and "being mean earns you more respect than being nice."
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Opinions of reality programming itself reveal that 75 percent of the girls surveyed think reality competition shows are "mainly real and unscripted," with half saying the same of "real-life shows" like Jersey Shore.
Putting a positive spin on things, the Girl Scout Research Institute found that 75 percent of girls say reality shows have inspired a dialogue with their parents or friends and that they depict people with different backgrounds and beliefs.
68 percent of those polled said that reality shows make them "think I can achieve anything in life."