‘Bachelor’ gives false expectations
After having his heart broken by Kaitlyn Bristowe last season on “The Bachelorette,” Ben Higgins, America’s newest sweetheart and most eligible bachelor, found himself in the midst of 28 women, all pining for his love on this season of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”
Throughout the course of 10 weeks, the women will bicker, some will swoon and some will be sent home, leaving poor Higgins in the dark about who these women really are. Although I find myself in front of a TV every Monday night without fail, I can’t help but wonder if Higgins really believes he can find his wife this way.
Reality TV isn’t anywhere close to the workings of reality itself, which makes me question if the feelings on the show are real or an act.
The fact of the matter is reality TV is jam-packed with drama and cliff-hangers. When it comes down to it, “The Bachelor” is just another reality show, capturing the attention of audiences everywhere, and Higgins has managed to capture hearts.
While some former bachelors have been total duds, Higgins is basically every girl’s dream; charming, doe-eyed and clueless in the most lovable sort of way. Higgins allegedly isn’t aware of all the drama that goes on when he isn’t in front of the camera, causing audiences to burst with adoration for Higgins and despise the women causing the drama.
The entire concept of “The Bachelor” is terrible. After 19 seasons of men looking for love in a room full of women who volunteered for the drama that lies ahead, only two couples remain intact. Maybe Higgins aspires to be the next Sean and Catherine Lowe success story, but as far as the other 17 couples are concerned, the odds are against him.
Participating in “The Bachelor” is not the most ideal way to find love, but it brings in network ratings and money for its participants. Aside from the Lowes, the romance died as soon as the cameras turned off.
Women are essentially pitted against one another and give the world something to mock. With only a 10 percent success rate, it is easy to say participating in “The Bachelor” won’t help you find “The One.”
The show, though entertaining, is not all that serious, but is it really the most ideal way to find the person to share your life with? Audiences live for drama, but examples of what love is and what it means should be shown. Not everyone can take someone to the Bahamas for a casual date.
Don’t aspire to have a love life based on what you see on the show; it is not realistic. If there’s one example “The Bachelor” has set right, it’s to tell someone you like them by giving them flowers.