Why People Watch Reality TV

  title={Why People Watch Reality TV},
  author={Steven Reiss and James Wiltz},
  journal={Media Psychology},
  pages={363 - 378}
We assessed the appeal of reality TV by asking 239 adults to rate themselves on each of 16 basic motives using the Reiss Profile standardized instrument and to rate how much they watched and enjoyed various reality television shows. The results suggested that the people who watched reality television had above-average trait motivation to feel self-important and, to a lesser extent, vindicated, friendly, free of morality, secure, and romantic, as compared with large normative samples. The… 

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