Reality Television: Using Para-Social Relationship Theory and Economic Theory to Define the Success of Network Reality Programming

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This study seeks to use a dual-theoretical approach, through the use of para-social relationship theory and economic data analysis, to explain the success of reality television since the early 2000s. This study uses both qualitative and quantitative components to understand the growth of reality television. This study includes a literature analysis of both methodologies used. Focus groups were used to seek to find a strong level of para-social interaction in viewers of reality television. Two focus groups were conducted with participants 18-35. There were a total of 16 participants who attended the focus group sessions. The information collected suggested that ... continued below

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Dyer, Caitlin Elizabeth December 2010.

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This study seeks to use a dual-theoretical approach, through the use of para-social relationship theory and economic data analysis, to explain the success of reality television since the early 2000s. This study uses both qualitative and quantitative components to understand the growth of reality television. This study includes a literature analysis of both methodologies used. Focus groups were used to seek to find a strong level of para-social interaction in viewers of reality television. Two focus groups were conducted with participants 18-35. There were a total of 16 participants who attended the focus group sessions. The information collected suggested that viewers of reality television formed para-social relationships. It appeared that female viewers were more likely to form para-social relationships than male viewers.

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Dyer, Caitlin Elizabeth. Reality Television: Using Para-Social Relationship Theory and Economic Theory to Define the Success of Network Reality Programming, thesis, December 2010; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc33144/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .