I haven’t watched reality TV in a while.
Six months ago however, you would have found me curled up in front of any show that had catfights, drama and people making fools of themselves.
It wasn’t a conscious decision to let this go. I just got busy.
So I make time now for the pre-recorded shows that I watch with my husband and am thankful for the opportunity of a cuddle and some fiction before bed.
Last night I sat down with some time to kill. I switched on one of my favourite reality TV shows.
I laughed at the contestents and yes I judged. Harshly.
Today I realised that I hadn’t been that mean or had those kind of thoughts in months.
As a species, we westernized humans LOVE to judge and cackle at misfortune and reality TV lets us do this behind our safety barrier.
Now, I am concerned that this kind of behaviour is taking to the streets.
Behaviour Observation One: Everyone is an Expert
Have you heard people talking about the failings of contestants on cooking shows? So many armchair judges could have done better, made it a different way, stayed cool under pressure. Bringing others down to pull themselves up.
Behaviour Observation Two: Everybody’s Twittering
You can reach out to anybody famous with a touch of your iphone. People’s judgement and criticisms are oh-so-easy to share, and because of behaviour one, they feel entitled to voice their thoughts.
Behaviour Observation Three: Negativity and Unhappiness
It’s easy to see the connection between constant negativity towards strangers and negativity to themselves. In reality contestants they are seeking perfection and so to in themselves. Both fall short and this leads to unhappiness and less joy in the world.
So what to do?
It’s time to switch off reality and get back to fictional TV. Or even better read a book, read a blog or take a bath.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them.