What I've Learned from Watching MTV's Jersey Shore

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Jersey Shore is Unstoppable

Once again, another season of Jersey Shore will be starting on MTV on January 5th, 2012. If you have been counting, this makes five seasons. Yes, five seasons about people partying at the beach (well, one season partying in Italy). For some reason, viewers continue to watch it, so MTV continues to film it. I am going to confess something - I love watching Jersey Shore!

Yes, I know! If you'd ever had a morsel of respect for me (which is questionable), I am sure it has vanished now. However, you must hear me out! The show is not that bad. Basically, in case you've been living in a cave somewhere and aren't familiar with the premise, Jersey Shore is about a group of 20-somethings and their adventures at the Jersey Shore. Each cast member boasts about being Italian and each person is from New Jersey or New York. For some reason, MTV sent them to Miami for the second season and Italy for the fourth season, yet it was still called Jersey Shore. I can't really explain that, but that is not the point.

Many people believe Jersey Shore gives Italian-Americans a bad name, or ruins the reputation of New Jersey (I'm not going near that one with a 10 foot pole!), or is totally useless garbage. I, however, argue that valuable life lessons can be learned from Jersey Shore. It isn't all just about smushing, drinking, and GTL. There is so much more one can learn from watching MTV's Jersey Shore. Let's explore the educational aspects of Jersey Shore.

Jersey Shore Seasons 1 - 4

Dance Moves

Let's face it, the kids on Jersey Shore love to dance. For those of us that need some pointers, you can dance your way into the club with some awesome moves. Every single person on Jersey Shore has their own special style. When you watch the show, within no time you will be fist pumping like Vinny or doing the Jersey Turnpike like Deena.

Self Defense

As if I hadn't learned so much from the show already with great dance moves, I've also learned some spectacular fighting moves, too. Now I know if I encounter danger on the street, I can hit a person just like JWoww did when she was angry at the Situation. Perhaps I could knock a man out just like Ronnie did that night he got arrested. I've also learned it is best never to ram my head into a concrete wall at the beginning of a fight. It does not improve one's chances of winning the fight at all; it instead merely puts a person into a neck brace for 10 days.

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Orange is the New Tan

Tanning can be so time consuming. Furthermore, it can cause skin cancer. The good folks on Jersey Shore have taught me there is no need to put my life at risk anymore just to get a good tan going. Instead, I can get some spray tanner and make my skin darker. Yes, perhaps there is an orange tone to their tans. However, orange is the new tan according to what I've learned from watching Jersey Shore, so that's cool. You can't pick up someone hot at the clubs if you are pale, so you'd better get your spray tan on.

The Shirt Before the Shirt

If you want to look hot at the clubs, you'd better start incorporating a technique called, "The Shirt Before the Shirt" while you are getting ready. Although this brilliant idea originated from the guys in the house, I see no reason why a woman can't give this a try if she wants.

Basically, you don't want to get your best shirt messed up while waiting to some ungodly late hour to hit the clubs. While lounging around the house waiting for your roommates to get ready, you need to wear the shirt before the shirt. Put on an unattractive shirt, such as a wife beater, and then wait until you are about to leave before you put on the real shirt you want to wear for the evening. If possible, sing "It's t-shirt time!" when you are about to go to let everyone know it is time to change shirts and leave for the club.

Girl Code and Guy Code

Where would we be without Jersey Shore explaining some of the important rules of Girl Code or Guy Code to us? No matter how much a girl might think she is friends with a guy, when it comes to her female friends, Girl Code must prevail. If a guy does not understand the rules of Guy Code, such as "taking a grenade for a friend," he cannot be a good buddy. Girls look out for other girls and guys look out for other guys. These are the rules that hold us together as a society. Thank you Jersey Shore cast for continuing to enforce these rules.

Getting Over an Ex is Impossible When You See Each Other Everyday

Alright, so I pretty much knew this already, but Jersey Shore helped me fully understand it is impossible to move on when you have to see your ex all the time. I worked with an ex-boyfriend once and I understand the torture. Just when you think Ronnie and Sammi have finally called it quits, they get back together because they work together, they are roommates, and they make public appearances together. It is pretty much impossibe to get over an ex in that situation. This is why the Ronnie and Sammi drama continues every season.

Secrets Should Not Be Shared on Camera

Guess what? If you look straight into any camera that is filming and share your secret, it is not a secret anymore. This is especially the case if you are filming a show called Jersey Shore and eventually your roommates are going to watch the program. Later, when the next season is filming and you are living with the exact same people, something tells me that is not going to go well. Just sayin'.

And Finally...

As if all those things were not enough, there are a number of little things I've learned from watching Jersey Shore for four seasons. Some of the many nuggets of important information I've learned includes:

  • Flushing a wife beater down the toilet does not work.
  • GTL means Gym Tan Laundry - maintenance on all three of these matters is essential.
  • Some people still don't understand how STDs are transmitted.
  • A hot tub can take an exceptionally long time to heat up.
  • Pizzas made in Italy are totally different from pizzas made in the US.
  • Florence, Italy has some major traffic issues.
  • When in doubt, just use more hair gel.
  • A good time is dancing so much your panties fall off. A great time is not wearing them at all.

I hope you have found all of this information just as useful as I have in life. Even if you feel there is nothing of value to be learned by watching Jersey Shore, you should still watch it anyway. Even if you pretend not to like it, I'll bet some part of you is still curious to see what Pauly D and Snooki are up to when the show starts again.

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cooldad 4 years ago from Florida

I appreciate your attempt to actually take something positive from this "reality" show. I think MTV should remain the show to, "This is Why China is Going to Win." Because after all, millions of Americans love this show and that's scary on many levels.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Hahaha... I think there are many reality shows we should combine and call it "This is Why China is Going to Win." I can't help but watch it though. It is like a train wreck and I can't turn away. Thanks for reading and for the comment!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Omg! Jeannie - I'm so excited about reading this hub just from the title that I'm not yet! Lol. I'm laughing already so to truly enjoy this as I should....I'm going to get a drink first:) LOL. I'll be back after I read it....I am so dying right now - !!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ok ok! LOL so hilarious! I know it's awful but I watch that show sometimes too because it is funny! My friend dressed up like Snooky for Halloween - it was great!

The tan - oh they all have that going on:). My oldest girl taught me about what a "wife beater" shirt was - only I couldn't keep that word in my head I kept calling it a bi$&@ slapper :) lol. I finally have it down now tho such a relief! Haha! Great topic - very funny and my favorite kind of writing:)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Hahaha... I am glad you had to get a drink first before reading this hub. I am sure it made it that much better. I am happy you liked it so much. Perhaps this hub will be educational for those that do not like the Jersey Shore YET! My goal is to make everyone a fan. Thanks for the comment!

P.S. I dressed as Snooki for Halloween in 2010. I think I included the photo in my Halloween hub devoted to the Jersey Shore.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This show is so ridiculous but looking at as a sociological experiment with crazy results but I agree with cool dad it also could be called "Why China is Going to Win." Interesting hub.


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sandy1973mypetdog 4 years ago from the south

This is yet another way for MTV to make some major money. I think this all started with the Real World series and it hasn't slowed down since that time. I did watch The Real World, but I am not into Jersey Shore, it is just another version of The Real World, just different characters, and when I say different, I mean DIFFERENT.lol Great hub, got a good laugh from it.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Alecia Murphy - Yes, it is a lot like a sociological experiment. I keep hearing rumors that they might cast new people, but then the same cast always comes back. The experiment continues!

sandy1973mypetdog - That is so true! MTV makes a fortune from that show. I used to watch The Real World, too, but back when the picked interesting people to star in it. The kids that are on that show now are always generic and fall into a certain category. The Jersey Shore cast is anything but generic.

Thank you both for reading the hub and posting comments!


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KateComplikated 4 years ago from Boston

Loved this hub. I am so glad I found you...you are hilarious.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am glad you enjoyed the hub so much. Sadly, I do probably watch Jersey Shore too much. MTV showed a marathon all weekend. I watched pretty much all of it. Thanks for the comment!


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KateComplikated 4 years ago from Boston

I also watch way too much Jersey Shore. I love Snook. (I try not to admit it because I am so old!)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Hahaha... first of all, you don't look old at all in the photo and, second, even if you were "old" you are never too old for Jersey Shore. It is OK to admit you like the show on my hub... I am a big Snooki fan too and dressed like her for Halloween in 2010. Thanks for dropping by!


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Nicole S 4 years ago from Minnesota

I can't say I've ever watched the show but I hear about it all the time! Thanks for summing it up for me, and giving me the cliff notes :)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I am happy to help. :-) The show is pretty funny, I have to admit. Thanks for dropping by!


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LisaKoski 4 years ago from WA

I think Jersey Shore is a lot of people's guilty pleasure. I don't particularly like it but I can't stop watching it when it's on tv.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

It is like a train wreck... you don't want to watch it, but you can't turn away. Thanks for dropping by!


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KStro18 4 years ago from PA

Excellent hub! The show is so dumb, yet my boyfriend and I are compelled to watch it each week!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, it is so hard to stay away from Jersey Shore. I can't help but watch it each week. When it is off the air for a while, I have to admit, I go through Jersey Shore Withdrawal. It is terrible! Thanks for reading my hub and posting a comment!


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MamaNeedsJava 4 years ago from Undisclosed

I worry what JWoww will do now that Snooki is sober. They'll have to find her a new Oompa Loompa to mother.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

It sounds like Deena is going to be quite the partier this season, so I suspect it will be her. Although I've been watching the new Snooki and JWoww show, and Snooki still needs a lot of assistance. We shall see. Thanks for the comment!


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MAGICFIVE 4 years ago from New York

This is funnier than the actual show, itself...which must mean it's pretty darn funny! I love the "tongue and cheek style!" Hysterical!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much! I secretly (well... not so secretly) love Jersey Shore. I can't wait for the next season. Thanks so much for check out my hub!


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MAGICFIVE 4 years ago from New York

Oh that's right! There is going to be another season! Aren't they getting some different people?


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

No, there is one last season with the same crew. I am not sure what they will do after this season though. I am not sure if I am interested in meeting a new group.


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Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

I never really got into Jersey Shore but have many friends that did. I do however enjoy reading little "snipets" of the show and of course the gossip surrounding the actors/actresses lives.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I just love Jersey Shore and I am sad this is the last season. However, they've really grown as people and it is time to see them all move on. I secretly enjoy the gossip, too. :-) Thanks for your comment!


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MAGICFIVE 4 years ago from New York

It seems so different, though, with Snookie being pregnant!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, exactly! And with the Situation being sober and responsible. Things really have changed.

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