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Vox Pop: reality dating shows

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The Midway asked students about their views on how dating shows may impact their, or other people’s perspectives on relationships in this Vox Pop.

Vox Pop: Do you think dating shows have changed your or other people’s perspective on relationships?

“I think they are kind of stupid. They are usually fake or not realistic, I guess. It can just give people an inaccurate idea of what dating actually is.”

Dalia Sancristobal, 9th grader

“I think they have provided some insight into the male perspective. The shows have also made me feel less awkward about being in uncomfortable situations when someone likes you and you don’t like them back and vice versa.”

— Nadia Washington, 9th grader 

“Sometimes when I watch reality TV shows I’m like, ‘OK I probably shouldn’t do this.’ I just look at it as fiction, rather than something I should actually take seriously. But it’s funny to think about other people’s relationships.”

— Nyel Khan, junior

“It can really mess up what people view as normal, what they want out of their partner, what they should be looking for in a relationship, and how to go about having a relationship. So it can really skew a lot of things. So I think that’s the problem with dating shows.”

— Zarak Siddiqi, junior

“I don’t think they really impact relationships, because if you realize that it’s all just TV and acting, I feel like it shouldn’t impact your relationship.”

— Dash Smith, junior

“Reality dating shows along with the often hilarious characters and surface-level entertainment that they produce, can also add a really interesting element of perspective onto our own lives.”

— Isadora Glick, senior 

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Chloë Alexander
Chloë Alexander, Arts Editor
Chloë Alexander is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as the arts editor. She joined the journalism family in the 2021-22 school year as a ninth grader and previously served as an assistant editor. Chloë enjoys journalism because it allows her to create a space for Lab students to be represented through writing. Her favorite story that she has written is “‘SOS’ showcases a wide range of styles and themes.” Outside of working on the Midway, she is a Maroon Key, plays the piano and enjoys reading. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Honorable mention, feature writing 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, news editing, headline and current events 2023 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, special coverage: (with Clare O’Connor, Amy Ren and William Tan), superior 2022 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Briefs writing, first place (with Louis Auxenfans, Joaquin Figueroa, Chloe Ma, Amy Ren, Katie Sasamoto-Kurisu), Vol. 98, Issue 8 (March 10, 2022), Page 3
Jaya Alenghat
Jaya Alenghat, City Life Editor
Jaya Alenghat is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as an assistant editor. She began journalism in the 2022-23 school year as a sophomore. Her favorite story she has written is “In finding community, English teacher provides comfort for Latinx students.” Outside of journalism, she enjoys playing tennis, reading and spending time with friends and family. Awards: 2024 Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, sports news story: excellent 2024 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award: Certificate of merit, sports features, “Muslim student athletes navigate fasting during Ramadan while maintaining physical endurance” 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Excellent, news writing

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