I watched Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live, All My Children, and General Hospital with my grandmother when I was little. She passed away right after Luke and Laura got back together and I haven't watched them since then.
Has my life been influenced by them? By the soap operas themselves...no. By the time spent with my grandmother, an overwhelming yes. Even though I was only seven/eight years old watching them with her, she made me feel like a grown up and an intelligent being as we talked about the characters and how she saw them. She would tell me about how what they were doing was right or wrong. Moral issues like cheating and betrayal along with acts of kindness and doing good for others.
As an adult I know that soap operas were her guilty pleasure and avid devotion. As a child it was just time with grandma. Would I trade any of that time in for anything? Not a chance.