Why People Really Agree to Go on 'The Bachelor'

2/22/2016 - Professor of Sociology Laura Grindstaff in Salon.

Anyone who has watched ABC’s “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” or “Bachelor in Paradise” has seen a contestant come under fire for being “there for the wrong reasons,” typically referring to fame. The oft-cited “right reason” to compete for the Bachelor or Bachelorette’s heart and hand is “to find love.”

But are the majority of competitors truly on the show for romance? And if they are, why do they choose a filmed 25-person competition over dating off camera with typical odds?

“Television gets in the way of finding real romance,” said University of California at Davis sociologist Laura Grindstaff.

Read the full story in Salon.