Generation Y-so-much-reality-TV

By BenitaZepeda

A heartfelt sentiment to reality TV: Oh, how much I love to despise you. In all actuality, reality TV, you are the sole reason I felt I didn’t have to spend my hard-earned paychecks on cable this year. I am certainly not missing you.

But don’t you worry, reality TV, this is not your fault. My entire generation is to blame. We eat up, digest and seek more of your guilty pleasure entertainment.

I’m sorry, but I think it’s time we stop viewing all these pseudo celebrities’ lives and start paying attention to the well-written television shows we have out there. No hard feelings.

The superfluity of nonsensical, reality television shows at my disposal is pretty disgusting. But identifying with these shows is, perhaps, a way to connect with each other on a social level. We have disconnected ourselves from one another because of technology, so maybe the underlying motive of these shows is to get our daily dose of “real life drama.”

Before I start excessively hating on this genre, I must admit I have occasionally fallen victim to the overly dramatic marketing ploys and teasers of these types of shows. Nice work, producers. But in the same measure, I like to think this was when shows had more substance—I absolutely loved “Top Chef.”

However, I cannot understand why shows such as “The Hills” and “Jersey Shore” have made such an impact in our society.

I miss the days when television was primarily filled with real actors, you know, the people who have spent their lives trying to become famous.

Today, so many of my friends watch nothing but over-dramatizations of people living their semi-scripted lives.

Reality TV has started to spiral out of control with shows as mind-numbing as these. People get paid millions of dollars to drink, fight, cry and sex each other up—nothing too far off from what people do every day.

What is even more distressing is how often people discuss the latest updates on tidbits, such as Snooki’s latest mistake or the he-said-she-said drama of the week, just to relate to one another.

I blame Generation Y’s (also known as the Net Generation) technological disconnect with each other because we have shifted our interactions from face-to-face to chat rooms and online forums. It has become so common to interact with one another in a virtual sense that we spend ample amounts of time watching non-important individuals go through the same mundane trials and tribulations of life because it’s how we have begun to interact socially.

We’ve learned to identify with the people who are in these shows, instead of identifying with each other.

Unfortunately, despite my anti-reality TV outlook, I am even more to blame because I just spent 500 words ranting “Mean Girls” style about how I don’t like losing brain cells watching these shows. They’ve just been so cleverly weaved into the minds of my generation, I simply can’t avoid it.