"They partially blamed the rise of reality TV for this trend." This is an example of how we ask the wrong questions in our society. Just like the question to ask about bullying is not "how to we end bullying?" and the question to ask about gun control is not "how do we ban guns?" The one thing this all goes back to a total breakdown of unifying morality in this country. Say what you will about the past (and it wasn't perfect, there were evils afoot and as always people misinterpreted Judeo-Christian teachings) but things overall were better, people overall were better. For everything we've gained since the Civil Rights movement, we've lost twice as much in individual morality.