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How to balance an academic schedule, a social life and establish some form of income is becoming a task that is harder and harder to achieve. With the increase in popularity of reality TV shows escaping the reality of college life and its never ending struggle has never been easier and more common.
I find myself sucked into the void of “reality” tv often when I am in serious times of stress. This semester the escape from my reality of never ending homework and failed attempts to balance academic and social life has taken the form of ABC’s “The Bachelor”. Why does this Hunger Games style dating competition allow me to escape the monotonous humdrum of collegiate life? Why do many college students find themselves sucked into these phony conjurings of real life?
I personally do not care whether the bachelor finds love, or if they live happily ever after. The characters on these shows express their inability to find love or experiences with rocky relationships as large scale problems that impact their entire lives. As audience members watch these characters struggle to overcome these life or death circumstances, they are transported into a reality that is far removed from the stressors they face in their life. This welcomed distraction from the real stressors we face on a daily basis allow viewers to shut off their brains and find solace in the escape.
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Reality tv shows may not be the best and most accurate representation of how life truly falls into place, but it does offer viewers a world where their daily challenges are far removed. The simple act of escaping one world and submerging the mind into another creates a type of stress relief for some, but for others it just pushes todays problems off into the future.
I’m a senior at Christopher Newport University studying communications and political science. I have a real passion for educating youth about the environment and currently run a community outreach program called Environmental Expeditions with a second grade class. I hope to one day work on or for a sustainable community, but in the meantime I look forward to working with Verge Campus!