Last year, my 10 year old sister heard about the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She fell in love with it. She would watch it anywhere and everywhere. She made sure she stayed updated on how the latest monster tried to defeat Buffy, or what the latest plot was to take over the world. She couldn't wait to turn 15, because she was convinced she would end up fighting vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness too. She would always try to do what Buffy would, and it changed how she acted. It got really out of hand when I went into her room and found her attempting to sharpen a wooden stake with some scissors. When I asked her what she was doing, she replied with "I need to be prepared or the vampires will kill me!!" This show majorly changed how she treated herself and how she interacted with others. Sadly, my sister isn't the only one that's obsessing over these TV shows. Some people are heavily influenced by TV shows, and it is effecting society. According to a study by parentstv.org, "Reality TV shows that air on channels like MTV and TLC, influence how teenagers believe what a normal relationship looks like." Teenagers that watch a lot of reality TV shows change the way they treat themselves and others. We are going to look at some causes, stake out some effects, and slay some solutions.
Reality TV causes girls and boys to treat others differently, and treat themselves differently. Kids are spending 32.5 hours a week in front of the TV, and they are seeing a constant pattern of women being depicted as models, and men being shown as fighters. Women shown on TV creates a standard for girls which is limited to how they look. This standard neglects other aspects of women, such as athletic ability, intelligence, character, and sense of right and wrong. According to a study done by Girl Scouts of America, shows that more than a third of girls surveyed think that a girl's value is based on how she looks. 28% of girls (compared to 18% of girls) would rather be seen...
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