Reality Show Viewers Are More Neurotic, Have Lower Self-Esteem, Study Finds

December 13, 2012 - 9:44 AM

People who watch non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have a lower self-esteem, according to a new study.

The survey, conducted by Today.com polled 19,000 people and found that "those who watched non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have lower self-esteem than watchers who are not fans of the genre."

Additionally, the survey found that 72% of women and 60% of men watch Reality television simply because they're bored.  Also, 46% of women and 26% of men watch this genre because they like to see how people with money and fame live their lives.

Deadliest Catch and Real Housewives were the top reality shows among men, according to the study.

While it appears most individuals watch Reality TV out of boredom, a study released last year found that some girls might be negatively impacted by these programs.

According to a report from the Girl Scouts Research Institute, "Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV," shows like "Teen Mom" and "Jersey Shore" have mixed effects on young girls.

The study polled 1,100 "tween" and teenage girls and found that reality shows can be uplifting and motivational, but they can also negatively impact girls' relationships and self-esteem.

Girls who regularly watch reality TV accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression and bullying in their own lives.

The report also found that these girls measure their worth primarily by physical appearance.

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