Most audiences understand that the situations and circumstances of their characters, while relatable, are not generally an accurate portrayal of life, but a dramatization. As the next clip aptly demonstrates-
In that they are generally watched on a daily basis, soap operas are fixtures in the lives of much of their audiences, and thus, bear a considerable amount of weight in molding their perception of social norm.
Soaps are thus both reflectors and creators of culture .
Hobson, Dorothy. Soap Opera . Cambridge: Polity, 2003. Print.
Porter, Dennis. "Soap Time: Thoughts On a Commodity Art Form." College English 38.8 (1977): 782-88. Print.