Why are Reality Shows Popular?
Reality shows have become the most habit-forming television programs since most viewing audiences across the globe have followed at least one. This means that these shows have fascinating lineaments that gain popularity for them among television viewers. It connotes that there are different components that make this trend, and simultaneously, there is a correlation of these shows with different audience-related parameters. This paper attempts to play up various issues regarding this fact among reality shows and television viewers. These reality shows enforce a psychological condition that may make specific people die rather than miss the shows. This involves that some people may be addicted to the shows. Today, most television viewers want to watch these bewitching reality shows because it will become a hot topic for them to debate with friends after watching them. This means that many reality show viewers talk about the scenarios and characters in the shows based on their ideas and views. A good example of this effect is audiences talking about the reality shows they have seen at their work places with their colleagues. It is clear that the reason why these reality shows became more popular was its theme and the impression it was creating among its audiences. In this case, the important factor that made the reality shows very famous was its subject matter. Themes in reality shows are unique. Each reality show can have its own ability to entertain its audiences and the unique theme makes the show very interesting and helps to gain more viewers. However, the backbone of the reality shows are the reality stars that make the show popular and gorgeous.
There are several reasons behind the popularity of these reality shows. Reality shows exhibit free speech and freedom besides all the scripted rules and regulations. They essentially reflect our behavior and characters in our day-to-day life through participants. This will assist the viewing audiences to come up with their opinions confidently. They feel they have an equal chance to convey their views and ideas. As it helps to bring out the voices of the people, reality shows become popular among the television viewers. Reality show viewers are quite prying. They always eager to know what is going on at the back of the stage, and if it implies some type of controversy, that just causes it more fascinating. Reality shows are popular because they provide with plenty of subjects to gossip between friends and neighbors; therefore, people like to watch and talk about it. While listening to such gossips, it induces the other listeners to watch the particular reality show to know what is happening exactly. These are the reasons why they have a prominent amount of viewers watching it. In recent times, reality shows are multiplying because of its cost. Producers of these reality shows realized that a celebrity star is costlier than a reality star and the reality stars can entertain the viewers to make them love it. The producer has to spend a lot to have a real celebrity star to take several episodes of the show. The important reason for the fame of the reality shows is the reality side of the shows. Most of the reality shows are not scripted and the participants have freedom to act and speak with some restrictions.
Reality shows have their Web sites and people got the opportunity to interact by casting their votes, and they feel as if they are judging the participants by posting their votes on the particular show’s Web site. They convey their likes and dislikes for contestant such as talent, and behavior. The viewers are allowed to cast votes for their favorite contestant. Some reality shows let its viewers to cast votes up to ten times. Integrated reality television shows have gradually moved their path onto screens of their viewers and bring their ‘real world’ events into the dwellings of thousands of viewing audiences. If we are watching our favourite reality show, then there will be no muffled minute in the hour. However, some reality shows are filled with blatantly presented fights and awkward silences. This is because to gain popularity among those who are not interested in watching plain programs as they feel this will add spice to their shows. Watching these kinds of reality shows for many gives a guilty pleasure. These enchanting reality shows help us to escape from the real life of ours for an hour and engage ourselves into the lives of participants of the program who lead an exciting life. Some scripted scenes included in the reality shows are purely for the purpose of our entertainment. Sometimes reality may fail to entertain the viewers; in such situation, these scripted scenes will entertain the audience.
In light of the popularity of these shows, it is apparent that the fame of reality shows is because they expose human nature. Put differently, the popularity of reality shows is based on what seems to be a universal human attraction to the sight of participants being insulted, humiliated, and exposed at their most private emotional moments. Therefore, for being unrealistic and based on the insensible mortification of human beings, reality shows are often criticized. They are naturalistic regarding human reactions and behaviors, and communicate important morals about the concealed part of human nature. It is not possible to find out the exact answer as to why reality shows have become popular, perhaps our boredom lives have become depressing that we have to live indirectly through others or perhaps we simply enjoy peeping into the life of others by watching a reality show.