Alright, so I’ve always had an opinion on this and over the past few years I’ve debated with people time and time again to justify my guilty pleasure and once again I’m doing it.
If you don’t know I have a huge guilty pleasure and it is crappy reality TV; I don’t watch all of it but I do watch my fair share including: Keeping up with the Kardashians, Teen Mom and Duck Dynasty!
I watch it, I talk about it and I even follow some of the cast on twitter. Now I have two issues when it comes to my guilty pleasure and what people say about it
First, watching these shows does not make me dumber! One person on my Facebook posted that “Ingesting” shitty media like that (any reality TV), will indeed make you dumber, as it primes your brain to remember useless information.” IF that is in fact true then listening to music makes me dumber and so does watching movies because I’m pretty sure 90% of my brain is useless information, that is what I am know for! I know you can argue that the movies or songs may have more sustaining content then my shows do, but not that much more.
Second, I could argue that there are tons of different television shows out there that could be more mind numbing and pointless that reality television, but I don’t watch it so I’m not bothered by it. I don’t understand why some people get so up in arms about reality television, I understand it may not be something you enjoy, but obviously there is a mass market out there that likes it, and the networks are ranking in those dollars.
It’s like me saying that something I hate is ridiculous and a waste of money and makes you dumber, to be honest I hate Final Fantasy…every single aspect of it, but I don’t tell people they are dumb or beneath me because they enjoy it, and I don’t vent and rant about how it’s been going on for how many years and how many millions of dollars are put into making the newest FF 1,890,000….or something like that.
My point is, it does not make me dumber! I’m sure if all I did was watch mind numbing television for 20 hours a day and do nothing else, I may be dumb. But if I was to watch Teen Mom every week, or a marathon of Duck Dynasty but IQ is not going to drop just because I saw it. I understand that it may not be some peoples cut of tea, but I don’t enjoy being looked at as someone who is beneath you just because I can tell you what’s going on with Kim Khloe and Kourtney, it’s a guilty pleasure it’s one thing that I enjoy even though it’s not the greatest, that doesn’t mean you can judge me or anyone else on that one thing and call us dumb.