A Serial Hook-Up Culture

30 women in one house competing for one man; what could go wrong?! The image below is Season 19 bachelor Chris Soules. A farmer from Arlington, Iowa who is known for way more than simply tending to his crops. Thanks to cameras rolling, Soules has been documented kissing more women than other previous bachelors. However, the women must understand the competitive nature of the game they signed up for. Author McClanahan says that the women understand the cost that comes with competing for a man on this show but feel that the thought of winning their dream man at the end of this process negates all the cons.

BACK ROW: JADE, REEGAN, BO, TARA, TANDRA, NICOLE, WHITNEY, ASHLEY I., JORDAN;  MIDDLE ROW: MACKENZIE, BECCA, MICHELLE, KIMBERLY, KARA, NIKKI, ASHLEY S., BRITT, AMBER;  FRONT ROW: TRINA, KAITLYN, KELSEY, SAMANTHA, JILLIAN, MEGAN, CHRIS SOULES, CARLY, TRACY,

Hook-up’s, break-up’s, and make-up’s- they are all happening on reality-television today. Shows such as The Bachelor have snowballed from a casual dating show to a fierce competition in search for a destined soulmate (all within an 8-week period of course). The show is not only demeaning to the values of a monogamous relationship but has ultimately redefined sex and “hooking up” in today’s society.

The risk factors that go along with society’s hook-up culture are high and often ignored. These women are setting the stage that it is okay for one to engage in multiple relationships as long as the intent is admirable. The journal of Fam Psychol agrees that once individuals get involved into a meaningful relationship, their learned avoidant attachment styles could influence their dating behavior and possibly lead to infidelity The team of experts hope these studies wake America up so the public can educate their children about what is needed for a healthy sustainable relationship. I can almost guarantee you that prince charming is not going to come from exploiting one’s self on a trending reality TV show.

Famous Bachelorette Kaitlin Bristowe is another prime example of how the show can affect the public’s actions. She shocked the world when she revealed to having regrettable sex with contestant, Nick Viall, which *spoiler alert* did not end up to be “the one” when it came to picking a fiancé. Such confessions on national TV sparked controversy but in reality had much deeper repercussions. Having these random hook-ups on the show feeds into young girl’s minds and attitudes towards what dating and hooking-up should be. A shocking 91% of college women admitted that “hooking up” was important to their college experience. This high percentage will only increase if TV shows such as The Bachelor grow in popularity.

 

With so many relationships forming, its no surprise that the name game can get a bit challenging at times. Especially in the case of bachelor Jesse Palmer who is most remembered for mixing up the girl’s names in the clip below.

 

Sorry Katie, it doesn’t seem like you left the most memorable impression on Jesse but sadly, that is exactly the point. How “meaningful” can each relationship truly be when there are so many that the bachelor has difficulty remembering everyone’s names? 

It also isn’t helpful that tweets from famous individuals such as Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jason Biggs support the show’s premise and idolize its content. These tweets negatively affect impressionable young teens because no form of social media can escape the show’s constant praise.

Hate to break it to you Jason Briggs but you should #GAF. There is a connection between what the show advertises and what behavior teens exhibit. Only once the praise of these negative messages stops can the negative behavior stop too.

Check out the video below to see more on how the hook-up culture thrives on these reality-tv dating shows.

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