UPenn researchers need viewer feedback about Biggest Loser, Starting Over, Queer Eye, and What Not to Wear

University of Pennsylvania researchers need your help as they try to find out “what audiences think about some of the most popular television makeover shows.” They want to know if they’re “trash television or inspiring entertainment.”

Specifically, the researchers want feedback from viewers who’ve watched either The Biggest Loser, Queer Eye, Starting Over, or What Not to Wear.

Each show has its own survey, and among other questions, the surveys ask what you like and dislike about the shows, and how often you watch them. Since they’re an academic institution, they won’t use your confidential responses for evil, and promise they’ll be used “only for academic purposes (not market research).”

Makeover Shows [Annenberg School For Communication at the University of Pennsylvania]

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