Many people may claim many different things, but I think the main motivation for people to watch so many soaps is schadenfreude.
- Why do you think most characters in soaps are shown leading such miserable lives? I mean not miserable in the material sense, but everyone seems to have one problem or the other.
- Assuming that people who watch soaps, on the average, lead not-so-happy lives, I can’t think of any reason why they will want to worsen their state of mind by bringing in more negative thoughts – if anything, by indulging in activities classified as “entertainment” you are supposed to be looking to lighten up your mind blah blah
The only other explanation I can think of is that all these soaps are part of some elaborate joke, and avid watchers are silently giggling as they watch these soaps. That they don’t want to let their secret away so they give reasons such as “it reflects life so we love it” and all such.