Monday, December 19, 2011

Congratulations to Sophie Clark, Girl Scout, Survivor Winner!

The Long Island Press reports that 22-year-old Sophie Clarke from New York won “Survivor: South Pacific”. Grantland explains that Clarke learned to be confident in herself through her experience in Girl Scouting. Clarke is a Gold Award recipient from Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.

Survivor is a reality television game show format produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a system of progressive elimination, allowing the contestants to vote off other tribe members until only one final contestant remains and wins the title of "Sole Survivor".

Reality TV has become staple entertainment for young people and adults alike. Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV, a national survey by the Girl Scout Research Institute, examines the relationship between girls and Reality TV.

Girls surveyed who regularly view reality TV are more self-assured than non-viewers when it comes to an overwhelming majority of personal characteristics, with the majority considering themselves mature, a good influence, smart, funny, and outgoing. They are more likely than non-viewers to both aspire to leadership (46 percent vs. 27 percent) and to think they are currently seen as a leader (75 percent vs. 63 percent). In addition, they are more likely to see themselves as role models for other girls (75 percent vs. 61 percent).

The study also revealed that 68 percent of girls agree that reality shows "make me think I can achieve anything in life" and 48 percent that they "help me realize there are people out there like me." Seventy-five percent of girls say that reality TV depicts people with different backgrounds and beliefs.