While this may seem to be an out-dated tradition, let me assure you that it has be revitalized through the tv series Married at First Sight. I have to admit that I felt a little uncomfortable watching the first few episodes of season one because this is not a social norm. There was no dating, no proposal, and no knowledge of the other person’s name. These three couples that agreed to be a part of this experiment were matched by experts that performed in-depth personality tests on each candidate. Viewers were brought along for the ride as these individuals experienced the highs and lows of married life. By the end of the 35 day experiment, the couples had to decide whether or not they wanted to stay married. It was a fantastic season, and I would highly recommend it.
Married at First Site will be airing its second season on Tuesday, March 17th on A&E. These couples will also endure this fast-track to married life agenda in order to hopefully find a happy ending. While these brave souls put one of their biggest life decisions in the hands of professional matchmakers, do you think you would have the courage to do the same?
I’ve thought about this question a few times. At first, I thought that there was no way that I could ever give up the sort of dating society has deemed normal. However, after careful consideration, I think I might actually be willing to do it. While it would be sad to give up a wedding that celebrates the solidarity of an already blossomed relationship, I would ultimately find a real marriage. There would be no need to weed out the boys that take up my time pretending to have all the right intentions. It would already be done for me! Another bonus to a marriage match-up would be the timeline aspect. No more worrying about being a single cat lady at the age of 40. Prince Charming could be at your fingertips with the very submission of an application. How cool is that?
Of course the reason we aren’t all jumping at this offer is because we’re afraid of failure. Committing yourself to one person for the rest of your life is a big step, and putting this decision in the hands of someone other than yourself can be scary. This is a very valid fear. The marriage could end badly, and you’ll have to explain that to potential significant others in the future.
Weighing these pros and cons can be very tricky. What would you do? Would you be willing to place your entire love life in the hands of professionals?
Photo courtesy of morgueFile.com
This image has been modified by How to Survive Modern Dating.