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I've Lived At The Jersey Shore My Whole Life. This Is What It's Really Like.

From someone who's lived there his whole life.

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Hi! My name is Ryan. I've lived in Brick, New Jersey, my whole life. It's the part of the Jersey Shore that's next to Point Pleasant, NJ (home of Jenkinson's) and Seaside Heights, aka where they went out all the time on Jersey Shore:

When the show came out, I was in high school. Some people loved the show, but a lot of people hated it for perpetuating false stereotypes about NJ. I get that. But most people I knew looked at it like, "Yeah, this definitely isn't us. There are hints of reality in there, but it's more fun to both mock and embrace it." Hence, Jersey Shore-themed parties:


It honestly depends where you go. If you go to some of the cast's favorite spots, like Djais in Belmar, then yes, you might see some people dressed like a Jersey Shore castmate. Other places not so much.

And do we talk like them? Yes and no. The majority of the cast was from New York, so they had more NY accents. So yeah, we do have a slight accent. When I went to college in the south, they said I said these words weird:


Now, on to tanning, of course. Do people tan? In my circle, most of my friends at some point have gone fake tanning, myself included. But because it's bad for you, people kinda judge you for it now. Still though, a lot of people do, in fact, enjoy being tan. EVERYONE LOOKS BETTER TAN, SORRY!

SOOO many people have worked at the boardwalk growing up. Whether it's a T-shirt shop like the cast or an ice cream place, it's almost like a rite of passage.

But, most of the popular bars at the real Jersey Shore are preppy-ish. Like, this is how you'll see people dressed:

The pizza, the bagels, and the seafood is unmatched!

I mean, just look how people united and stuck together after Sandy!

To close, Jersey Shore definitely had hints of reality in it — the nightlife is fun, tanning is important to some people, and the boardwalk is definitely a staple. But, like any other place, it's a mixture of unique, really amazing, really strong people who just happen to live where a TV show was filmed.