In another case of "does correlation equal causation" versus "the internet loves feeling smug about people who like dumb shallow stuff," the respected scientific periodical Maxim has published an article about a recent study done out of the London School of Economics that ties people watching the show to a decreased lack of empathy for poor people.
New research from the London School of Economics (LSE) found that exposure to "materialistic media" and shows that "glamorize fame, luxury, and wealth accumulation" may bring about anti-welfare and materialistic sentiments, according to the Telegraph UK.
Two control groups, 487 adults in total, were shown distinct media. One group was shown adverts for luxury products and photos of rich celebrities, and the other "neutral images" about public transport, natural scenery and more.
"Results showed that even a small amount of exposure to materialistic media had a negative impact on both anti-welfare attitudes and support for anti-welfare policies," the Telegraph UK reports.
So there you have it. If you watch a bunch of materialistic trash goblins flounce around in a life of idle luxury while getting drunk and yelling at each other while being surrounded by opulence then you're likely to think that anyone below them aren't worthwhile.
God I wish I was rich.