Harmful effect on teen: The new generation of reality TV celebrity stars does not thrive on talent but use sensationalism to always be in the news. One of the worst effects of their action is on teens who try to emulate their behavior. Stunts that are performed on televisions under controlled conditions are imitated by the people in real life resulting in death. Some of the shows where contestants participate to win prizes show them in poor light as they use meanness and greed to outdo each other. The negative traits can manifest themselves in the audiences and create behavioral problems.
In response to both of the above postings, I have to agree! I grew up a severe competition kid, going to about 18 a year including nationals. Now that I am a professional in the field, it is quite surreal sitting behind the judges table and taking it all in from this new perspective. Personally, I think a child is ready to compete when they are able to posess the qualities of a showman as well as a technician in their respected age group. Sometimes when I am watching a trainwreck of a piece, it is a challenge to remember that it is not the kids fault… they only know what they are taught. It is up to the teachers and studio owners to be very honest with themselves to determine if a child is ready to compete, regardless of how pushy the stage mother is! I agree with Chelsea in that competitions are such wonderful learning tools (but must be used in moderation). In fact, I fel that competition dance is evolving at a faster rate than concert dance. With all of the hype surrounding these dance TV shows, artistry has become a key player and this trend has trickled down from the tv dance competitions to the ‘real life’ ones we see every Febuary to July!
Scripted shows: The majority of so-called reality shows are scripted and everything is closely doctored. Initially, people fell for the bait but now audiences understand that stories are developed well in advance. Some of the fights on the television are staged to increase the ratings of the show.
Cost of the shows: Creating reality TV shows is not an expensive proposition and brings more bucks for money in comparison to the sitcoms and the soap operas.
Reality TV- PROS and cons. - The Student Room
The harm in reality TV is felt in more than just those involved in the shows. When you have something as popular as Survivor, other networks are going to want to copy that success. Just look at how many new reality series have premiered since Survivor. The number of series has grown exponentially and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. Each one takes the same basic format, makes a few modifications, repackages it, and airs it. I think it goes without saying that television networks, like any good business, are in it mainly for the money. Reality TV is a great way to get ratings (the fact that they’re so cheap to produce doesn’t hurt either), so now everyone from the major networks to the History Channel is making their own reality series, while other more original shows are downplayed.
Positive and negative effects of reality TV shows
I have mixed feeling about the pros/cons of competition. I am a late start, although serious, dancer, who at the age of 12 (13 this year!) and 7th grade has been dancing for 2 years, and takes classes with 3rd-6th graders most of the time.
First, let me just give you some background information on my studio and dance history so you can see where I am coming from:
My studio offers teen classes, adult classes, and beginner through advanced classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hiphop, Lyrical, Tap, and Pointe. The levels for ballet and jazz go 1a-1b-2a-2b…-4-5-6
My first year of dance I took a “beginner” jazz and ballet class. My second year, I took 2a (considered advanced beginner) 1 time a week. That was probably too much for me, but I consider it a good thing because those classes turned me on to dance.
Now, my third year, I take Jazz&Ballet (2A and 2B) three times a week, tap once a week, lyrical once a week, a turns and jumps class, and two non-competitive team classes because I wasnt around to audition this year.
This year, there are 3 competing teams at my studio (mini, junior, and senior). Minis are about my level but 6th grade and under. Juniors are my age, but for level 3a-6 (most people are towards the middle of that range), and Seniors are both too old and advanced for me.
I know I won’t make team, even though I plan to audition, again and again if I have to.
Thats one of the cons of competition. So few people are able to compete. Feelings get hurt, people get upset, etc. etc. However, competition also sounds really fun, and my friends who have told me that the reason they dance is to perform love the fact they can perform more than 2x a year.
Overall, well I don’t know. I would love to dance competitively, and think it is a good thing for dancers to do, but I also know that so few people getting in means feelings getting hurt.
These are some of the pros and cons of reality TV shows
As for whether or not you’ve made the right decision, you might want to ask yourself if she shows this nature in dance only or if it is in other areas of her life as well. If it is dance only then you may need to ask why. And ask her specifically– Why does she think she gets so upset? What is she saying to herself when she spirals downward? Why is it so important to her? A lot of dealing with perfectionism is learning what is crucial and what isn’t… to a perfectionist everything is crucial. They need help working through what is (in reality) necessary for the task. If she gets into the cycle you may need to be the one to say enough – this could mean just refocusing the energy toward another activity, taking a breather with something she can feel more relaxed about, taking a break from competing, or leaving the environment alltogether. There isn’t a right or wrong – all you can do is continue to try and understand and talk through the options with her.