Why reality TV is still my guilty pleasure

Why reality TV is still my guilty pleasure
The Voice - Season 6

As a wife and mom, at the end of the day, there are times when your brain just wants to turn off. Maybe that's why I still enjoy watching reality TV, and I'm not discriminating in my tastes of what kind. I know some people (my husband included) who would never waste the precious few moments of free time they have to watch reality TV when there are so many "quality" dramas out there these days, but when you're super-tired and super-stressed, even the effort in watching a good episode of Homeland or Mad Men seems like too much. Sometimes you just need a little bit of Keeping Up with the Kardashians or The Voice to unwind.

So here are my top 3 reasons to watch "reality" TV when you just need a break from the real reality of your life.

1.  It can be inspiring.

I don't know about you, but there is something genuinely exciting to me about watching undiscovered dreamers of all kinds trying to make it on national television. People can say what they will, but I will always love seeing people get up on stage and go after their lifelong dream to be a singer, dancer, entrepreneur, chef, model, hairstylist, tattoo artist, whatever it may be. They're taking a risk in front of people who will criticize and judge them and put them in ridiculous situations, and they still think it's worth it for that once-in-a-lifetime chance. Come on, how can you not love that?

2. It can be cathartic.

I know the daily "dramas" on some shows (The Real Housewives, The Bachelor) can seem so overblown that it makes you laugh out loud at the seriousness and passion with which these characters argue, cry, scream, yell, gossip, etc... But sometimes you just need to watch someone totally lose all inhibition and go crazy on television for the amusement and shock factor and the simple fact that you could never see yourself doing that in your own life, but there are some days, you just wish you could.

3. It can give you a point of conversation.

Who knew so many people watch and read recaps on The Bachelor, After the Final Rose? You have to admit, people are watching and it's just kind of fun to know that you can talk to others about the craziness as it unfolds. My sister and I have texted throughout many a Bachelor episode and had many laughs as a result.  Did you just see how no one was clapping when Juan Pablo came out?  The fact that they even have a live studio audience during the season finale of The Bachelor tells me that people love watching this stuff together.

So yes, as a work-from-home, stay-at-home mom I may not have time to be caught up on the latest season of Downton Abbey, but when I have a free moment I may just turn on an episode of Dancing with the Stars or The Voice and completely love it. It's not changing my life, but I have enough going on in the rest of my life to say that sometimes that's all that I need.

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