I forget who first gave the idea that politics and politicians get watched mainly for pointers on lying and manipulation. I've concluded in favour of the idea. Refresher: this includes academics, journalists, teachers, and actors.
The subconscious has to get you home alive. It doesn't have time for bullshit. The subconscious allows watching election debates as a way of learning how to bullshit better. The liar championship is handed out legitimately. Voters love a virtuoso lying performance. They take away a renewed desire and inspiration to deceive and manipulate those close to them.
On an unrelated note, moderns have serious issues maintaining long-term relationships, romantic or otherwise.