Competition shows like "Produce 101" and "Show Me The Money" have proved to be super-popular among viewers, but as Eat Your Kimchi found out this week, these programs have resulted in a negative cultural effect among Korean teens and adults.
According to a new report from Korean media outlet Chosun Ilbo, the ranking systems used in popular Korean competition shows have filtered into the everyday culture of Korean teens, and this has lead to an increase of bullying. Mimicking how competition show contestants are "ranked" based on their skills, Korean kids and teens have started bullying others using this "ranking" system, such as ranking others by their looks as a way of bullying. Simon and Martina note that it is becoming worrying, as bullying is becoming prevalent among kids from the 4th grade and all the way to high-school teenagers.
It's not just kids and teenagers who are affected by this negative cultural effect from competition shows. Simon and Martina say that adults are doing the exact same thing as bullies and these competition shows, noting that parents are immediately judgmental of people rather than being welcoming and this has had a trickle-down effect onto kids.
Listen right here at to Simon and Martina talk about the negative cultural effects of Korean competition shows at the 16:35 mark:
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