Does this scare anybody else? Watching 'Jersey Shore' might make you dumber, study suggests
I've never been one for Jersey Shore, but I have wasted many hours watching Survivor and I do have a weakness for ChickLit with bright covers.
According to the article, a study was done where people were read two different stories. One about somebody being a dumbass in the spirit of most reality TV shows and one that was neutral with no ridiculous behavior. Participants were given a test after the story and those who heard the "dumb" story consistently scored lower.
I'm not sure what I make of the study, but there was some other info in the article that I thought was interesting. Apparently, anything we see influences our next thoughts, emotions or actions (even if we don't think it does) because it's on "the top of our mind". So basically, whatever information we last fed our brains is most likely to affect the way we think.
A scary thought when you consider the content of most TV shows.
I still think there is room for a little trash in the media we consume, but it is probably best as a dessert and not the main course.