The Effects Of Reality Television On Gender Differences

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In a research article by Behm-Morawitz, Lewallen, & Miller, (2015, April 20) experimenters questioned how television affected viewer’s gender stereotyping and beliefs about social aggression. Experimenters were particularly interested in investigating if different sub genres of reality tv has an effect on gender stereotyping and social aggression beliefs. The focus of the study was on emerging adult women, gender related and social aggression beliefs. Researchers hypothesized personal desires would play a role in the formation of gender and social aggression beliefs. Researchers also examined perceived realism, essentially how real the viewer believes the events in the show are and homopily, the extent to which the viewer identifies with a …show more content…
They also show relational aggression to be a staple of reality television and a measurable aspect of negative attitudes towards women. These articles provided evidence reality television is popular among female adolescents and female emerging adults (modeling meanness, mean girls) providing support undergraduate students at Pace University is a good sample. The articles show that factors such as perceived realism (modeling meanness, mean girls) is important to take into account in assessing the reality television effect on viewer …show more content…
In a recent study Domoff et al., 2012) examined the media’s (weight-loss reality shows) effect on weight bias, researchers questioned if watching contestants path to change or weight lost through extreme exercise and strict diets would cause and increase or decrease in negative attitudes towards the contestants.(Domoff et al., 2012). Researchers found that watching The Biggest Loser increased “anti-fat” attitudes. The show had perpetrated the idea weight is controllable. Despite hearing contestants stories participants valued environmental and health factors less and placed more responsibility on the contestants. In addition the implicit attitudes participants held didn 't change over the course of the study. Experimenters viewed the portrayal of weight loss on the show (The Biggest Loser) as a major factor in the perpetuation of negative stereotypes of obese

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