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Reality shows turn women into 'mean girls', says new study

October 15, 2011 - Washington

A new study has claimed that reality TV shows turn women into "Mean Girls".

According to the study conducted by the Girl Scouts Research Institute, these 'Mean Girls' accept and expect a higher level of drama and aggression in their lives.

"Teen girls who regularly view reality TV accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance," quoted the study as saying.

A rep for the institute also noted that reality TV shows "more frequently portray girls and women in competition with one another rather than in support or collaboration and this perpetuates a 'mean girl' stereotype and normalizes this behavior among girls who are watching the show".


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