Subjects who watched UK Big Brother had increased “anxiety, depression and hostility”

A study in the UK found that watching Big Brother had severe consequences. Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University watched the watchers, and found “alarming side effects in their mental health, including increased levels of anxiety, depression and hostility.” After watching just regular daytime television, the subjects “reported virtually no ill effects.”

They were forced to watch the show “for two hours a day for three days,” after which point they tried to gnaw off their own limbs to escape.

Big Brother bad for the brain [Herald Sun]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.