Why Do People Watch ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ If They Know It’s Fake?

It’s no secret that the public loves reality TV, even if it’s not exactly reality. Keeping Up With the Kardashians has been on the air for 16 seasons and counting. Fans can’t get enough of the glamorous family, even though they suspect that much of the scenes are fake. But why are we so entertained by something that isn’t real? Is there a secret to reality TV?

Is ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ fake?

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L-R: Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Founder, Kim Kardashian

Many fans suspect that not everything we see on Keeping Up With the Kardashians is real. The truth probably falls somewhere in the middle, with some things being real and some events being fake or exaggerated for drama. The Kardashians know that people won’t want to watch their shows if nothing entertaining happens. Every family has some drama, but most families don’t have drama all the time. However, they have to keep viewers interested, so sometimes things end up being staged or exaggerated.

For example, according to The Mirror, the home seen on Keeping Up With the Kardashians isn’t their real home. Exterior shots of the house are filmed elsewhere for “security purposes.”

There’s also evidence that major events in their life, like proposals, are often scripted and planned so that they’re perfect for the camera. In fact, producer Russel Jay claimed that Kris Humphries proposal to Kim Kardashian had to be redone because she wasn’t happy with how she looked.

Much of what’s on the show is technically true but very exaggerated. For example, if there’s a tiny fight that in real life they would have just let go of because it’s no big deal, for the show, they will turn it into a major drama to create interest. They probably also recreate many scenes, and they don’t usually happen naturally in front of the camera.

It’s like looking at the Kardashian’s Instagram feeds. They post real photos. It’s really them in the picture, but more than likely, it’s highly filtered. The posts are enhanced to make them look better.

Can you tell if a scene is real or fake?

It’s probably best to assume that most of what you see on Keeping Up With the Kardashians is exaggerated, if not completely fake. The best way to enjoy a reality show is to not think about it too much and just enjoy the drama. But if you absolutely must figure out if what you’re seeing is real or fake, there are some considerations to think about.

Reddit user _tralfamadore posted an interesting theory about how to tell if a Keeping Up With the Kardashians scandal is real or fake. According to the post, the Kardashians don’t like to involve their children in creating fake drama, so if the children are involved, it’s likely real.

They also theorized that Kylie Jenner is a very private person naturally, and faking plotlines doesn’t fit her personality. If that’s true, most of what we see with Jenner is real. Most of her storylines are pretty tame and fun, not the type of thing you’d make up. So, they may have a point.

Why do people watch ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ if it’s fake?

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We know much of the show is fake, so why do we continue watching? It may be because our minds don’t need a story to be real to be entertained. We are actually entertained by fake stories all the time. Think about all the dramas on TV and movies. We know for a fact those are actors creating a fake storyline, but we enjoy it anyway. This may be a similar situation.

At the same time, there are elements of truth in reality TV. Some events are real, even if they’re exaggerated. As much as we might not like to admit it, we’re all a little nosey. If there’s even a small amount of truth in reality TV, then most of us are hooked.

Events in reality TV are made up or exaggerated precisely because they know that the drama keeps people interested. It’s fun to watch conflict. Most of us know that reality TV is like junk food. There’s no real value in it, but it feels good to watch. For all these reasons, reality TV will probably stick around for a long time.