Brainwashed By TV: The X-Files Made People Feel Popular

Boys who went to school with first generation Asians overestimated how many friends that they had growing up.

 

In grade 6 and junior high school a kid’s friends are the people they hang around with for three hours daily. Later on those are the ones who had affected them.
The X-Files mimics the banter between two popular kids and, on a subconscious level, spirits the viewer back to middle school.
With everybody in the same class in junior high school it gave unpopular kids the opportunity to hang around with popular ones for the first time. And with all of the homophobia created by AIDS everyone wanted to be mature.

 

Then, with many moving away or going to different high schools, when I entered grade 9 people flipped out. For example, after tolerating a redhead for a year, kids would start high school and fly into a rage and have contempt for a skinny boy with dark hair and freckles.

 

And this was always on TV…

 

“Scully: I just found a valley full of vampires. Do
you want to camp out tonight with me
and I’ll show you?”
“I’m not going camping with you, Mulder. I already
have a boyfriend. He lives in Vermont.
Maybe I’ll talk to you on the phone
sometime.”