In addition to helping girls build character and push cookies, the Girl Scout Research Institute published a study on the effects of reality TV on young girls whose personalities are shaped by such programming. An overwhelming number of survey takers believe that lying is critical to getting what they want! Respondents also agree, “If you want respect, you have to be mean, not nice.” Heard of “the Snooki effect”? That’s the name another research firm attributes to the phenomenon. So much for campfires, friendship and character building. I can’t help wondering whether hair-pulling badges will be awarded in the future.