Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kicking the Habit


I have to admit it. I use to love reality television. You name it, I watched it. Then one day I had an epiphany. I realized that by me watching this reality shows for entertainment was putting cash into their pockets. People who didn't go to acting school. People who have no real acting skills. People who let's face it are along the trashy side. People who do not deserve to be famous. People who do not deserve the hundreds/thousands of dollars their making for being on such shows. 

So I stopped watching. Cold turkey

It wasn't hard. Anytime I saw that the shows were on that I use to watch, I would think for a second about flipping to it and then I would think of "The Situation" from Jersey Shore. Well that instantly made me remember NOT to tune into any of it. 
I'm trying to only support real actors who are on scripted television. I was doing good too!
Then the Bachelor came back on. Uh oh! I gave in and watched it. So even though I'm sticking to my no reality tv watching. I've given myself a 3 show pass. 
-The Bachelor
-The Real Housewives of Atlanta
-Bethenny Getting Married/Ever After

I know that 3 shows sound like a lot still but trust me, compared to how many are on... it's not. So, what about you? Are you watching reality tv? Do you think you're watching too much? 

27 comments:

Jayme said...

I will shamefully admit that I love "Tori and Dean" on the Oxygen Network. But that's my only one - really! I admire you for kicking the habit! Reality TV does nothing to make us better people.

Bri said...

My husband is addicted to shows like Jersey Shore, Ax Men, Gold Rush, etc. I cannot get into those. I do like Deadliest Catch and the Ghost Hunter shows, but that's about it.

Kerr said...

My favorite reality TV is Top Chef! I love it, I dont think I could give it up.

JMJE said...

I do not watch reality tv. I am pretty against it. Sometimes I feel left out though when my friends are talking about Real Housewives or Jersey Shore or Teen Mom but I feel like there are too many other good real shows for me to watch. I do get some good info on the Bachelor without having to watch the show just by reading blogs.

Cookie Crums said...

I'm loving RHOBH! I watch that and Atlanta on occasion. Having children interferes w/ my tv watching. HA! :)

Stephanie the PW said...

Todd gives reality "stars" serious hell... I don't think he's ever quit complaining about Heidi Montag, and she's like, SO last year, lol... he's with you on the whole "they didn't do anything to be famous" thing - and I agree with him. What he will not tell you is that he is an avid fan of the Bachelor and Bachelorette... seriously. He loves it more than me! hahaha :) Three shows aren't bad, you're absolutely right - there are so many reality shows out now! MTV is NOT MTV anymore. Makes me kinda sad :(

Kendra Smith said...

I used to be the same way. I watched EVERYTHING. But then I stopped.

I only watch
-Pretty Little Liars
-The Bachelor
-One Tree Hill
-American Idol

I don't think I could live without watching those lol.

Steph said...

Did you get the shakes when you were detoxing? I'm not sure I could do it. Although, I really want to quit watching the Bachelor.

Julie said...

I think I probably watch too much of it. Right now I watch Bachelor, Biggest Loser, Teen Mom 2, Survivor, Amazing Race and a few of the ones on TLC. As for the Real Housewives I like NY and NJ and Bethany's show. I think I kinda am going nuts with it now since I didn't really watch any in Germany. Now that I have access too it I am on overload...lol

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

I love love love reality tv. Right now my reality TV shows are:

The Bachelor
Teen Mom
Jersey Shore

but I also love

16 and Pregnant
Real World
Keeping Up With The Kardashians

And lots more. It's an obsession.

Samantha the ArmyWife said...

I've never been a huge fan of reality TV but being over here there aren't that many options and I've been sucked into this show called Bondi Beach about lifeguards in Australia.... :)

The Rest is Still Unwritten said...

How could you quit! I'm addicted! Seriously!

Brittany Ann said...

I go back and forth. Mostly, we watch Top Chef. That one is always a constant.

Lady Estrogen said...

I lost the need for it a few years ago - the first few seasons of The Bachelor I loved, but it fizzled.
I still watch Survivor and sometimes Amazing Race - but I prefer night time drama with "real actors" not reality actors. lol.

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Lily M. said...

I love reality TV shows. But some of them are getting out of control (ie. Jersey Shore) it annoys the crap out of me sometimes.

Annie said...

i just watch way too much tv in general but what else is there to do in the winter?! and i'm pregnant...therefore i'll continue to be quite lazy and watch all the tv i want ;)

Mrs. Smith said...

Bethenny!!!!! I just love Bethenny. Seriously, I think the girl deserves her spot. She is so entertaining. :)

samnhal said...

Reality shows are my dirty secret. I don't watch too many of them. I watch teen mom if I'm bored, and my brother in law uses our tv to watch Jersey Shore so I usually end up watching that. Before we downgraded cable I totally watched a lot more reality, like tori and dean and lots of other shows.

arsenalfamily said...

Ha, I know, you have to be careful! Of course I watch The Bachelor, but I also watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. :) I am NOT a situation fan so I've never seen Jersey Shore. He's so annoying. blech. You are wise to cut it down!

Llama said...

How did you stop?! HAHA! I don't watch too many but the ones I watch aren't what you would call "quality" television! lol!

Crystal said...

I am not a huge fan of reality tv, but I can't seem to give up The Bachelor. I love all the drama and catfights!

Tara said...

oh gosh. i'm beyond addicted to reality tv. =/

Meghan said...

YES! I am a total junkie, but only for shows on Bravo! :) Bethenny is my girl!

Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

I love Bethenny! Can't wait for her new to start. I've given up most of other reality TV. I don't count Top Chef - that's competition TV in my opinion! :)

Jax said...

I think I used to definitely watch too much. Now, I'm down to.. Kourtney and Khloe..which isn't even reality (what I tell myself), the Biggest Loser, Project Runway (when it's on), and Kendra... oh and SYTYCD. Yeah, wow, that sounds like a lot and that's my widdled down list! hah! Sheesh.

love jenny xoxo said...

I'm glad you are still watching the Bachelor! I can get pretty hooked on tv too!

XOXO

Nicole said...

This post hurts! lol But to each their own these people are going to make money anyway so might as well get a kick out of it! I am seriously addicted and it has only gotten worse! I love it =D