Just when I start to think that reality tv is finally on it’s way out, another unscripted yet totally scripted show debuts and undoubtedly sucks me in completely. From the Kardashians to Jersey Shore to Big Brother, I’ve seen them all. All these hours of watching reality tv haven’t been a complete waste though, as I like to think I’ve learned a few things or two, especially when it comes to dating. Here are three dating lessons I’ve learned from reality tv.
Keep It Classy. You might think you’re being oh-so sexy when you throw yourself on a guy at a bar, making it clear that you’re a “sure thing.” Or maybe you drink one too many vodka sodas and end up dancing on the bar in a miniskirt. The only sure thing about it is that you don’t look half as sexy as you think you do. Bad behavior isn’t only reserved for people on MTV-make sure the image you’re projecting to the world is one you’d want everyone to see.
Protect Your Relationships. The most common reason reality tv couples break up is because of the intense public scrutiny their relationship comes under. Suddenly, everyone has an opinion on their relationship, rumors start and a break-up soon follows. You might not have the press or papparazzi following your every move, but it’s still important to protect your relationship from the world. The only people who really know what’s going on in a relationship are the two people who are in it. Instead of listening to stories and rumors, make it your goal as a couple to be so solid that no outsider with an opinion or a rumor to start would ever be able to shake your relationship up.
Stop Ugly Crying In Public. There is a lot of ugly crying happening on reality tv. Everything is just SO damn dramatic and emotional…and unnecessary. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good cry session as much as the next girl, but I do it in the comfort of my own home where nobody can see me sobbing into my pint of Ben and Jerry’s. There is nothing attractive about a drama queen who has to cause a scene everywhere she goes, and acting this way can run your relationship right into the ground. Pick your battles and ask yourself, “Will this really matter in a week? A month? A year?” Probably not!
Have you learned any lessons from reality tv? Which reality tv shows are your favorite…or least favorite?