Just came across a BBC3 show on YouTube: How TV Ruined Your Life.
Here are some choice quotes from two episodes:
"This is the world of aspirational television...aspirational being a wildly popular term in TV-land. It's a world in which the majority of people are thin, attractive, witty, sassy, cool, fun-loving, thoughtful and happy; and who enjoy a life of cocktails, dick and shoes.
The basic theory behind aspirational programming is that if you watch beautiful, fun-loving people on TV, you'll somehow feel like they're your friends...whereas in reality of course, you're essentially just a tramp, staring at them from across the other-side of the room.
It seems as if every other show on TV these days has some sort of aspirational bent...but where did it all begin?
Like everything evil in the universe, it came from the world of advertising."
"Most of our romantic know-how comes courtesy of a flickering, fibbing machine which can break any relationship before it begins."
"According to research, when it comes to getting information about love, 94% of young people turn to their television, while only 33% ask Mom, and 17% Dad...BUT THE PLUG-IN-PARENT IS A LIAR and the fictional world it portrays seeps into your skull, setting a misleading framework."
"Studies show a link between the amount of television people watch and the likelihood that they'll believe certain unhelpful relationship myths. Chief among these myths, is the notion that there's a singular "Soul-Mate" out there in the world for you!"
"The first step towards "falling in love" is to find someone attractive...which you'd think would be a fairly organic process that occurs without much conscious effort on your part, but the chances are television has warped your notions of physical beauty by parading inordinately attractive people in front of you, morning, noon and night, thus raising your expectations to unsustainable heights, while simultaneously making YOU feel inferior.
It's telling that when you encounter somebody who's attractive in real life, they often seem faintly unreal...like they've been somehow photo-shopped into your world by the media."