In the pilot episode of Jersey Shore, we’re introduced in the first minute to the “new family”: Snooki, JWoww, Vinny and the rest of the gang.
A few minutes later, Snooki has already questioned JWoww’s sexual morals. Vinny is calling Snooki stupid. The new family is already getting gossipy and aggressive.
That unfriendly behavior is good for TV ratings, but it might be bad news for you, the viewer. A new study led by Bryan Gibson, a psychologist at Central Michigan University, finds watching reality shows with lots of what’s called relational aggression — bullying, exclusion and manipulation — can make people more aggressive in their real lives.
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