By JENNIFER COULTER
Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I’m glad that kids once aspired to be teachers or firefighters — not reality show stars.
When I was young, my friends and I played school. My brothers dressed as superheroes or soldiers. But when a recent study asked kids what they want to be when they grow up, the children said they want to be famous.
Los Angeles preteens surveyed in 2007 listed fame as their No. 1 choice, according to a study published in Cyberpsychology. In every previous year, fame ranked at No. 15 or 16.
What’s going on here? Kids want to be famous for being famous. They want to make a living by screaming at their spouse, kids and friends, or by throwing food and flipping tables in restaurants.
Do they realize that reality TV means cameras will be in their home 24 hours a day? Plus, the shows are heavily edited to make people look good or bad at the producer’s discretion.
The first reality show I watched was “The Bachelor.” I could not believe that young women wanted to marry a guy they had only met six weeks earlier.
Women living on top of each other 24 hours a day provided the producers with plenty of antics.
The program often emphasized a couple yelling at each other on dates, or the competitors getting jealous because the bachelor went on a date with someone else.
Segments also showed the women and the bachelor in compromising situations that seemed to violate broadcast decency rules.
“Keeping up With the Kardashians” came to the airwaves because Kim Kardashian participated in a sex tape.
How many parents want their kids to become famous from a sex tape that an ex-boyfriend released on the Internet? I know my mother would be afraid to show her face in public and would ask me how I could do something so stupid.
Now the Kardashians are the envy of young girls across America. At every appearance, long lines of girls wait to buy the latest clothes, shoes and other products that the family endorses.
Interviewers inevitably ask family matriarch Kris Jenner what her girls do for a living. Jenner never mentions the sex tape. She always says that her daughters are involved in fashion and operate their own business.
Let’s hope that television networks will soon invest in scripted television shows again, featuring a normal family dealing with life’s challenges.
Coulter is glad that MTV canceled “Jersey Shore” and wishes the E! network would cancel the Kardashians.