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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Where is the Love?

I'll admit of my guilty pleasures has to be The Bachelor on ABC. Basically, a group of 30 women live in a mansion together while they all date the same man and in the end, hope they find love. The reason why I love the show is because it is so ridiculously staged and unrealistic- I mean will you really ever go on 5 dates in one week each in a different country? That would be totally amazing however that would never happen to 99% of people. Watching this show puts an idea in viewers mind that every relationship has to be perfect and that basically love is a game where your happiness is determined with whether you receive a rose at the end of the episode.

Even though I am obsessed with this show I realize that no one falls in love this way. This got me thinking about other ways that people attempt to find that perfect someone: online dating. Sites such as EHarmony and have attracted 40 million people in the U.S. as of January of this year. With the average money being spent by these dating site members being around $239 a year, they are obviously invested in finding that special someone. I know many people that have gone on great dates by meeting someone through one of these sites, and it seemed to have worked out for them. It has also worked out for many others. reports that 1 in 5 relationships begin online and EHarmony says that they are responsible for nearly 5% of marriages in the U.S.

There is a reason that in the 24 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, only one couple is still married and one engaged. Trying to build a relationship under the scrutiny of America is not the easiest, and that is the likely reason why these couples have not stayed together. Once they come back to the real world there are no extravagant dates on the top of a mountain or a picnics on a private island. After this is taken away, the relationship seems disappointing. But for those who work at a relationship and invest in finding their match by meeting new people either online or through friends, they can't go wrong. 

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