Reality TV Fans Are More Narcissistic And Also We’re Hotter
Scientists loooove to study narcissism. As if we didn’t already know the culture was filled with garbage people who may look up from Kylie Jenner’s Snapchats long enough to vote for Trump, there are constant studies looking at the root of narcissism. Did your parents call you “special”? Do you use social media? Are you a man? Chances are you’re a narcissist, aka someone who has an especially heinous need for admiration and lack of empathy for others.
According to a new study in Psychology of Popular Media Culture, reality TV could be the new reason we’re all turning into vain, self-absorbed monsters. Or maybe we’re just monsters who like to watch other monsters on-screen: In a study of 565 university students, researchers were unable to prove whether reality TV led to narcissism, or whether narcissists were just naturally drawn to reality TV. The students were asked to complete the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, which I highly recommend if you enjoy choosing between statements like “I find it easy to manipulate people” and “I don’t like it when I find myself manipulating people.”
People who shun reality TV in favor of the news were, of course, found to be less narcissistic (and also more smug, I’m guessing.) Speaking as a someone who’s learned everything from How to Eat a Kit Kat to how to add from reality TV, I think we’re doing just fine.