An Exploratory Study of Reality Appeal: Uses and Gratifications of Reality TV Shows

  title={An Exploratory Study of Reality Appeal: Uses and Gratifications of Reality TV Shows},
  author={Zizi Papacharissi and Andrew L. Mendelson},
  journal={Journal of Broadcasting \& Electronic Media},
  pages={355 - 370}
A survey administered to reality TV viewers revealed that the most salient motives for watching reality TV were habitual pass time and reality entertainment. Additional analysis indicated that those who enjoyed reality TV the most for its entertainment and relaxing value also tended to perceive the meticulously edited and frequently preplanned content of reality interaction as realistic. Concurrently those externally controlled, with low mobility and low levels of interpersonal interaction… 

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