Confessions of a reality TV addict

I have always been a sucker for reality TV shows, but up until now, have not been able to admit my addiction. If I was to pin-point where my addiction started, it would be back in the year 2000 when the first series of the American version of Survivor, set in Borneo, aired on Australian television. From that moment on, I was hooked.

Since then, I can think of over 30 reality television series to which I have been addicted, with Big Brother, The Deadliest Catch, Masterchef, The Bachelor, Australia’s Next Top Model, Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, The Biggest Loser and Hell’s Kitchen topping of the list.

What is so compelling about reality TV? For me it is how I can relate to the people on the show at a personal level. I start to learn more and more about them and depending on the show, start to love or dislike the cast. For me, the dislike factor is a large driving force to watching any reality show, as I want to see my favourites win and those I dislike, lose in a fashion fitting their personality.

So the next step after admitting an addition is attempting to control it. Instead of spending three hours in front of the idiot box at night watching my favourite shows, my goal over the next eight weeks is to limit my viewing to one hour a night and spending those extra two hours socialising with friends, playing sport and working on hobbies.

Does someone you know have an unhealthy addiction to television?
Have you battled an addiction and have some advice on how to succeed?

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