Reality TV; the Socially Accepted Alternative to Amateur Porn

If you've been on social media lately you will no doubt have seen several posts about the British reality TV show 'Love Island'. While the general public are so obsessed with seeing what steamy interactions take place between the talentless hacks that grace the screen, others just simply watch homemade / amateur porn. 

 Image composite: Burn the Night; Photo credits: (top) ITV, (bottom) Brazzers.

Image composite: Burn the Night; Photo credits: (top) ITV, (bottom) Brazzers.

Reality TV has been massively popular since the launch of Big Brother back in 2000. Shows such as Geordie Shore, The Only Way is Essex and of course Love Island have amassed millions from viewing figures and regularly receive huge social endorsements from UK high street brands. Everyone's so curious to see the next big 'fight', challenge or some other staged storyline but even more so, when people are going to start having rampant sex on screen. 

The thing is, a lot of the viewers already know that Reality TV isn't actually what it says on the tin. A lot of the events that take place are in fact scripted and directed. Not only that, the individuals featured on these shows tend to portray a persona or at bare minimum, exaggerate their own, play up to the camera or a specific angle. Then when sex supposedly takes place on screen, most of the time it's so dark in the room due the lights being switched off that you can't see much of anything, the TV 'personalities' are hidden under the sheets, a table or in a corner where the camera cannot get a good view of the action. People love to see raunchy behaviour from reality personalities as it adds to the 'thrill' of the show... but my question is this, if you want to see 'real people having real sex' why not just watch amateur porn or homemade sex tapes? Hell, almost any type of porn features the real deal, so why not find something that actually does your libido justice? 

Ultimately, the general public feel as though watching Reality TV is a socially acceptable way to exercise their voyeuristic tendencies in all senses of the word. Not just in terms of sex, but getting up close and personal to the individuals, finding out the latest gossip, judging who they see from the comfort and safety of their homes, waiting and watching to see in just how many ways the person is willing to degrade their integrity for potential fame and publicity. It's a means in which people can comfortably pretend that their penchant for reality tv voyeurism is nothing more than regularly tv viewing for entertainment or to simply pass the time. If people were more honest in relation to their viewing interests, they would probably be more open about watching porn. 

In private, viewing homemade sex tapes and in general, the Amateur Porn genre as a whole, have become massively popular. Unsurprisingly, as you can see from Pornhub's infographic from their 2016 'Year in Review' report, Amateur Porn made the top 20 most viewed categories in the world. Amateur Porn was placed at number 14 on the list.

 Image credit: Pornhub

Image credit: Pornhub

If you trawl through the popular tube sites, there you find an array of amateur videos, many of which are displayed on the first pages of popular video content. There's thousands if not millions of videos circulating the net of exhibitionist couples recording and sharing videos of themselves having sex as well as pornstars shooting 'amateur style' videos to give their fans content that looks more authentic and 'spur of the moment'. Of course, even amateur porn featuring real pornstars tend to actually be shot by production teams, but at least there's actual sex going down and you get to clearly view what's taking place. 

Going back to the topic of sex tapes, over the years we have seen countless Z-list celebrities become famous overnight from their sex tape with A listers being 'leaked' and going viral. We have also seen many reports of this as of late in the form of revenge porn, often perpetrated by vengeful exs looking to make a quick buck or gain some kind of public awareness. Sex tape releases occur in both scenarios and can either make or break a person's career or chance of success. 

Just take a look at Kim Kardashian, her case is one of the biggest examples of this. The mammoth production and distribution company, Vivid Entertainment payed a whopping $5m to Kim K for the Ray Jay sex tape and that was the catalyst that literally launched her career. While others may argue that her Paris Hilton affiliations prior is what provided Kim with a global audience, there is no doubt that the sex tape is what got millions of people talking about her. In fact, it did far more for her career than it did Ray Jay's. That one sex tape had more shares and downloads than any other. Now she's a globally recognised and highly publicised celebrity who's married to one of the biggest (and most controversial) producers and rappers in the world, Kanye West. The fact is people love watching celebrities get filthy with other celebs or at least, with individuals that are considered to be well sought after for various reasons. People also love watching regular people turn into sexual deviants for the camera and it's fair to say that neither tendency is likely to change any time soon.

 

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