Thursday, August 7, 2014

Married At First Sight: A Sight To See

Has anyone been watching Married At First Sight? I was advised to watch it, and it's totally worth it.

The concept of this show is that people meet and marry immediately, and we watch as they build their lives together. It gives a glimpse into the concept of marriages arranged by matchmakers versus the standard tradition of people choosing mates on their own.

We watch people go through relationship phases really, really fast - get married, choose where to live, etc. Obstacles, like figuring out each others' schedules, were incredibly challenging, given that these couples barely knew each other. Plus, the couples met their new in-laws for the first time at the wedding, figured out finances, and figured out their sex lives. I mean, the couples are married, but they were still about to have sex with a complete stranger!

What's most interesting to see how the new couples interact - there are arguments, there is happiness, there is awkwardness. It's very fascinating to see these couples accept that they are married, yet realize they are basically strangers. Some couples meld together naturally; others face marriage-breaking problems right off the bat. Really, these couples are no different than any other, except that everything happens quickly and in a fit of passion - or lack of.

The show, which claims to be a social experiment, makes the point that couples that move in together after marriage have a lower divorce rate than those who don't. I'm sure that's going to be a fact they emphasize if these couples do remain together.

The show was a hit for the FYI network. In fact, it's already been renewed for a second season. This show has put the relatively unknown, recently re-branded network on the map.

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