Thursday, April 12, 2018
Is It Really Reality?
Is It Really Reality?
OK, I apologize for this, another post on Reality TV.
I should post on things that I do on a typical day…Hmm that would be watching TV, a lot of TV, even reality TV.
Well, a lot of you probably don’t watch reality TV and you are probably a little curious about it. As a public service I will let you get a glimpse into what you are lucky enough to be missing.
Recently I have been hooked on “Married at First Sight.” This show is an experiment in relationships. Three experts sort through thousands of applications and choose three couples who they feel would be good matches.
These couples then get married.
The first time they meet is at the altar.
What could go wrong?
Are you sorry you don’t watch?
I didn’t think so.
Anyway; I am hooked watching these couples learn to avoid the many pitfalls of marriage while they get to know each other. This is I believe the fourth season and so far, I think three couples have remained married.
That’s…pause to do the math…a twenty-five percent success rate for the relationship experts.
The experts seem to like matching people that have vastly different personalities. They seem to think that couples will grow together through communication skills and exercises that the experts assign to them.
One year they matched a dude that I could tell in one minute was a giant pot-head with a non-pot user. That match up lasted around three weeks. Duh! Well done, experts!
This year one couple has been together now for six weeks and has not yet been intimate. They are sleeping together every night, but they are not “sleeping together.” She is not quite ready. He is backed up so much he is ready to explode. I am guessing this match will not work. They have one more week to decide to, as the show keeps reminding, “Will you stay married, or will you get a divorce.”
One thing about this show that floors me is how bad the experts are at arranging matches. I think that given some basic knowledge about all the applicants I could successfully match couples at least fifty percent if not more…remember, these are all people who apply because they want to be married!
Last night I was espousing (I almost said exspousing) this theory to Mrs. Cranky.
“I am pretty sure I could match couples better than these experts, they are terrible! Every one of these couples has had huge fights and it has been six weeks of nothing but drama. How could they pick such horrible matches?”
“You know this is a TV show don’t you?”
“Would you watch if all three couples hit it off at once and were just happy and lovey-dovey every week?”
“No, that would be boring.”
“Maybe the experts know what they are doing after all.”
“Oh yeah; good point.”