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Study Says Watching Jersey Shore Could Make You Dumb

Cast Of "Jersey Shore"
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And it’s not just Jersey Shore either, it’s most of the reality shows on TV aimed at teens, like Teen Mom, The Real World and Sister Wives. It has now been conclusively proven, watching shows like Jersey Shore will drop your IQ. Neuroscience Marketing says:

Stupidity appears to be contagious, and you can catch it from the media you consume. Researcher Markus Appel had college students read a story about a “foolish soccer hooligan” who got drunk, got into fights, etc., or a more neutral story without the dumb behavior. Subsequently, the students were given a general knowledge test. The subjects who read the story about the stupid character scored lower on the test than those who read the neutral story.

In short, being exposed to dumb will make you dumb. At least for a while. The conclusion, be careful what you expose yourself to before your next big test… Try the History Channel before your next stab at the ACT.

Watching Jersey Shore could also make you promiscuous. Let’s face it, watching Leave it to Beaver never encouraged you to drop your knickers. It made you want milk and cookies, to make good grades and to do the right thing. The Beave was always so upset when he let his parents down. And then there’s Jersey Shore which focuses on drinking, clubbing and hooking up. College students regularly watch it before going out on Thursdays and spend their evenings trying to recreate the show in real life. Hooking up is a sport for the guys (and sometimes the girls) on the cast. The only couple in a committed relationship on the show is a horrible example and is nothing I would want to be a part of. In fact, some would call their relationship toxic with the tears, alcohol fueled fights and blatant disrespect of each other. What great role models! And their celebrities with paid endorsements, product lines, etc… In fact, you can’t go out anymore without seeing Snooki and JWoww look a likes: Big hair, overdone make up, skimpy dresses and a tan. If you’re exposed to something enough, it becomes the norm. And 30 something guys wonder now why girls didn’t look like that in high school in their time! It’s cuz their mommas wouldn’t let them out the door!

Perhaps, Jersey Shore and shows like it should come with a warning label. Too much of this will make you a dumb, drunken slut. I’ll be honest, I have watched the show. It’s entertaining… In a cautionary sort of way.

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