If you’re a big fan of reality TV, and can’t get enough of shows like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” “Teen Mom” and “Deadliest Catch” – listen up: Your TV habits say a lot about your personality!
A giant survey of over 19,000 people focused on non-competition reality shows, where nobody’s eliminated, and there’s no prize at the end. The result? The audience for these shows is more likely to be extroverted and neurotic than people who avoid reality TV.
- 70% of reality TV fans consider themselves extroverts.
- Fans of reality TV are also twice as likely to say they’re neurotic, which means they worry about what other people think of them. And watching a show like “Honey Boo Boo,” which features a family that could care less what other people think, makes them feel better.
In fact, a lot of viewers say they watch reality TV in order to feel better about themselves and boost their self-esteem. After all, you might feel like a slob because you’ve got a week’s worth of dirty dishes in the sink. But you’d feel like Mr. Clean after watching an episode of “Hoarders.”
And there’s scientific reason why we’re so interested in reality TV. Experts say it’s because we’re hardwired to learn social skills by observing how other people deal with family, friends, relationships and conflicts. And reality TV can give us a window into social interactions from our La-Z-Boy. And teach us everything from how some people become powerful, to how others end up being manipulated.
So, what’s the most popular reality show? Among men, it’s the “Deadliest Catch” – about the high-seas adventures of fishermen. And number one for women is “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” But in second place – for men and women – is “The Real Housewives” series – no matter what town they’re from.