You Can Learn a Lot From a Soap Opera
So you think because you're an avid suds fan people think you're brain dead? Take heart, one report from NPR.org claims not only do soap opera viewers get an education, but soaps can also teach important lessons to audiences in developing countries.
According to the report:
One genre in particular has had a lot of influence over the lives of those living in developing countries: the soap opera.
Many of these locally produced programs feature strong female characters. When Rede Globo began broadcasting in its native Brazil in 1965 the average woman had about six children — now the average woman has no children or one child.
So the next time someone gives you grief for watching One Life to Live or Days of Our Lives, tell 'em you're doing your part to support television that make the world a better place!