Are Reality TV And Dating Shows Changing Our Expectations Of Dating?

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I’ve noticed that recently there has been a major increase in dating shows on TV which make us Brits seem that we are purely interested in appearance, sex and “quick-dates”.

What has happened to tradition? Romance? Love?!

It seems that our cultural expectations of dating is changing (based on the ideology that older generations have). No wonder that the rate in divorces is going up – a lot of people are marrying younger and speedier.

I remember when couples used to be engaged for a while before getting hitched, nowadays it seems like engagement is a quick process which leads to a snappy marriage and a heartbreaking break up (in some cases not all).

Remember the idea of love and romance? Of gentlemen and holding yourself back before jumping into bed with your suitor? It seems like all of that is becoming a thing of the past… I wonder if it is just England or elsewhere in the world.

The advance of Reality TV like The Only Way is Essex and Geordie Shore is also making females seem a bit needy and dependant on men. We aren’t all, are we girls?

So I have decided that I want to undertake a study on Dating Shows and whether or not they are actually hooking people up or only focussing on the giant market of singletons. What are your favourite dating shows at the moment? What do you think of them?

Are they bringing people together, or are they just making us more and more out of touch with romance?

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