These reality shows never show the average man as a contestant - they only show people at one extreme or the other of society. There have been some very strange, eccentric people of reality shows, of which you're sure they are a plant to get better ratings. It's hard to believe, but these people with their personas actually exist outside of the show.
- So what are the advantages of reality TV shows?
Teenagers also seem to get great enjoyment out of the programs, because it's more easy to relate to. It gives the average person a chance to follow their dreams of being on TV, and even to get lucky and win large amounts of money that could turn their lives around.
- And what are the disadvantages?
The shows are concerned with ratings, so it is arguable that there is not much morality going into the production of the shows. There is also a very weird occurrence where the contestants and the audience get so sucked into the shows that they forget that, at the end of the day, it's still only a reality TV show.
It also ruins the privacy of the participants, as suddenly they are drawn into the world of media that surrounds reality TV shows, through newspapers and interviews outside of the show.