Teen and tween girls who regularly view reality television expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives, while measuring themselves primarily by their physical attractiveness.
That is according to a national survey by the Girl Scout Research Institute, "Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV."
The survey found that the vast majority of girls (86%) think that females on reality TV shows are purposely pitted against each other to drive excitement. When asked if "gossiping is a normal part of a relationship between girls," of those who watch reality TV, 78% said yes, while only 54% of girls who do not watch those shows, concurred.
When asked about romantic relationships, a higher percentage (74-63%) of those who view reality television said that "girls often have to compete for a guy's attention."
Girls who view reality TV are also more concerned on their physical appearance: 72% say they spend a lot of time on their appearance vs. 42% of non-viewers, while more than a third (38%) agree that a girl's value is based on how she looks.