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A prime-time mockery of marriage

Men and women looking for love via reality TV are getting more desperate than ever. In a new FYI Network show called “Married at First Sight,” three men and three women will show up at the altar on the premiere of the show to meet their spouse
Erin Stewart, Deseret News Modified: July 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm •  Published: July 15, 2014
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Men and women looking for love via reality TV are getting more desperate than ever.

In a new FYI Network show called “Married at First Sight,” three men and three women will show up at the altar on the premiere of the show to meet their spouse for the first time. A team of “experts” used scientific methods to choose the pairings, and then they embark on a marriage for four weeks while a film crew follows them around documenting their successes and failures.

Well, I say that is one enormous failure.

Not ratings wise, of course, because I am sure lots of people will tune in to watch these couples have a go at marriage. But as a society, this is a definite failure.

Are we really at the point where we are taking something as sacred as marriage and having young co-eds desperate for air time take it for a spin with zero intention of sticking it out, making it work or treating marriage like an actual commitment?

Oh, did I mention that at the end of four weeks, the couples have to decide whether to stay married or get divorced? Four weeks. Talk about being in it for the long haul.

I have mentioned before that I watch "The Bachelor." Yes, I know. I am ashamed. But like other boy-meets-girl shows up until this point, "The Bachelor" is about people trying to find out if they want to marry someone. They may get engaged with the cameras rolling, but they make the decision off screen. Only a handful of these relationships end in marriage because I think the participants take marriage seriously enough not to tie the knot just because it makes good TV.

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