Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
Phillip J. Chidester
This study investigates the influence of exposure to idealized body images on competitive reality television shows, specifically the effects on men and their body satisfaction, including a drive for masculinity and a drive for muscularity, as well as the perception of a potential partner. An overwhelming amount of research on the effects on women exposed to idealized images has been completed by previous researchers, but men have been disregarded in comparison regarding this topic. Furthermore, this study will rely on social comparison theory and cultivation theory as theoretical lenses to analyze how male viewers respond to idealized images of males in reality television.
Shaffer, Caitlin Marie, ""Do You Even Lift Bro? "an Investigation of the Male Viewer's Response to Idealized Body Images in Competitive Reality Television." (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 437.