Future Voices: Stop pretending that ‘reality TV’ is really real

What effect does reality TV have on people?

What effect does reality TV have on people? - Credit: AP

The next generation are being raised in a society full of fake ideals portrayed to them via the media. The television is one of the main sources of these problematic portrayals.

Popular channels such as E4 commonly show reality TV shows that are not reality at all. Made in Chelsea is one being currently aired, and although many young people are fans, not all realise that this isn't reality at all.

In fact, many of the scenes are set up and created for the viewers 'benefit', to make the show more interesting. At the start of the programme it says 'some scenes are created for your entertainment', but is this enough for young people to realise that this isn't real life for the majority of people; that this isn't a real goal?

The show follows a group of friends, living in the same area, and mainly focuses on their partying, their relationships, and especially their arguments. But this isn't real. In life you're not just limited to 20 or so friends, you don't argue all the time, and you certainly don't just date everyone within a small group of people.

Reality TV seems to make young people believe that when you become 21 you are suddenly rich, and can go on holiday all the time, and have drinks with each other every night.


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Young people need to know that all of these people have been born into money, for example, Jamie Laing is the McVities heir. They mostly haven't worked at all for their money and some don't even have jobs. Most normal 21 year olds struggle to find a decent flat to live in and receive very little pay for the amount of work that they do.

One in a million people would probably become a self-made millionaire by the age of 21. So the likelihood of someone who had a normal education and came from a normal family becoming a millionaire so young is extremely low.

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David, 47, said: 'My daughter always watches these programmes and no matter how many times I tell her that it's all rubbish, she's still convinced that one day she'll be just like them.'

I think that TV channels that show these programmes need to start stressing that life is not really like this; young people need to know how fake and set-up these programmes really are. Why should it be the parents' job? Society has to make people aware, to stop young people living in an unrealistic dream.

Alice Wilson, 15, Wymondham College

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