Television shows a false reality

Mackenzie Coughlin, Staff Writer

Many people in relationships will worry about their significant other cheating on them with someone else. The person doing the cheating knows it is wrong, and will keep it a secret for as long as possible. But what if you knew your boyfriend/girlfriend was cheating on you with twenty to thirty others… would that be okay?  

The very popular reality TV series “The Bachelor/Bachelorette”, has won the hearts of millions of viewers, and I will admit to yelling at the TV over “the perfect person” being sent home after a date. But by watching season after season, I have realized the truth behind the addicting show.  

Although it is reality TV, there is nothing realistic to “The Bachelor”. Having to pick the love of one’s life in a game show setting is morally and ethically wrong. At the end of each episode the contestants who get to stay another round earn a trophy in the form of a rose. When it comes to love and marriage, does anyone want to compete for their soul mate that they had to sign a contract to meet?  

Of course there are those that would prefer this situation, otherwise the overly dramatic show would not exist. When thinking in the mind of a contestant on “The Bachelor”, it is difficult for me to pin point their motives. It is hard to believe that they actually have the intention of marriage coming from a TV show and not fame and followers.  

When it comes to the business side of the show, the cast/contestants do gain public appearances that are based around their experience on the show. Those people are only seen by the public as the façade they portrayed on television. This could hinder any chance at life going back to normal, as before the show.  

More times than not, the contestants’ lives are changed forever after the show. Whether that be a good or bad change, the main profiteer out of “The Bachelor” is obviously the TV company. Could ABC be using people and their real lives only to make more money? With the current media displayed on television, that question is probably not far from the truth.  

Many reality TV shows that air are far from the ordinary for most people. That is part of the reason that reality TV is so popular, because others get to experience those crazy situations without the consequences following them. I have found there are two types of reality TV viewers, those that have been brainwashed into believing the fake realities, and those that debunk the tricks.