Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Question on a July afternoon

What is it about soap operas that keeps us coming back?
Why do we watch?  Is there something in human nature that really drives us to want to know what is really going on in other people's lives?  Or are we just bored?

I am watching one of my favourite soaps, Bold and the Beautiful,  and it's the same kind of thing we've seen millions of times before on other shows. But yet... here I am glued to the tv.   Same sort of thing when I watch wrestling.  It's all the same storylines either way, and we know that, yet we still end up glued to the tv.

Why?
And why, when we had up til last year, so many established soap operas; now the reality television style shows?   I don't think we traded up at all. 

Today, more time on my hands then even usual.  But that's my question right now.  What is it about other people's lives, fact or fiction, that makes us just want to know?
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