IOWA CITY, May 05– According to a recent Mass Media and Public Opinion poll, 95% of UI students believed being on an MTV reality show would have some sort of impact on their future job aspects.
Of the 95%, 15% said it would affect their job search positively while 80% said it would affect their job search negatively. The remaining 5% said there would be no impact.
The poll, conducted in March 2010, surveyed 500 University of Iowa students through systematic sampling. The results of the poll were based on a response rate of 40% (199 students).
MTV reality shows are popular among the college-aged crowd and was ranked the top 15 most viewed reality TV shows. MTV reality shows such as The Real World, Jersey Shore, and The Hills, are based on “real-life” events documenting people’s lives.
Whether it is negative or positive, MTV has agreed to show almost everything such as people “hooking up,” fights, and drama.
“I feel like some of the stuff are scripted but the drama may be real. MTV puts everything out there for higher ratings. Drama is entertaining for viewers,” said Melanie Ung, UI junior.
The poll was conducted to see if being on an MTV reality show would have an impact on people’s future job aspects. It was held that although some students would consider going onto a MTV reality show despite the possible negative aspects, the majority would consider the negative portrayals and chose to refrain from participating in a reality TV show.
At the beginning of the survey it asks if the respondent would be on the show if given the opportunity, 37% said “yes” and 62% said “no”. This question was asked again at the end of the survey to see if their thoughts have changed after thinking about the consequences it might be to get a job after being on the show.
Ten percent of the people who said “yes” had changed their answers.
Some of their comments were “It made me realize employers could easily get an opinion about you just if they heard you were on a MTV reality TV show,” and “I now am beginning to think that the participants are really portrayed in a negative manner.”
The study also compared whether females and males had different views. It seemed like more females thought it had a negative impact on themselves rather than males. Sixty-two percent of males said it would portray them negatively while 89% of females said the same.
With more offensive content, the survey proved that students would be less likely to want to be on a reality TV show because of the fear that their potential offensive behavior would hinder their professional future.