A different approach altogether was adopted by Reiss et al, (2004), to study the reality TV appeal and mockumentary influence. A survey was conducted by them on adult audience by using a standardized instrument called 16-motive Reiss profile. The focus of the researchers was on 5 particular reality programs and end-trait motives along with intrinsic motives were measured (Lebow 2006). These motives were such that they covered a wide range of human requirements such as contact, family, power and idealistic view. From their findings, it is evident that when people are more oriented on their state, they are more likely for watching reality programs out of the requirement of feeling individually-essential because the thought that the people are real allows these viewers with a psychological importance to the superiority perception of the viewer (Roscoe et al 2001). Additionally, the genre of reality glorifies the ordinary individual’s experiences and therefore allows the ordinary audience to keep fantasizing on gaining a status of them being celebrity.
This is in complete alignment with the interview results wherein it was evident that maximum individuals watched reality TV only because it had an enigma, stressful environment and engagement of the audience within the show (Nabi et al 2003). Peep Show and Marion and Geoff are only two such shows which offered POV usage. The usage of this show allowed the audience to become a part of the show and follow the characters as if they were there with the character inside the screen.
It was also evident from the interview that value was given by the viewers on entertainment and addictive pass time as motivation factors more than that voyeurism (Reiss et al 2004). This was surprisingly given the famous folklore that often describes living vicariously through characters based on reality as the key appeal of reality TV shows and mockumentaries.