“To empower people with the knowledge and inspiration needed to grow and strengthen their most important relationships for a lifetime of happiness” (eHarmony Support Home Page, 2013). This is the mission statement of eHarmony, a market-leading online matchmaking service. Whereas other online matchmaking services attract users looking for short-term relationships, such as one-night stands, eHarmony has remained an industry leader in the long-term relationship segment of the market since their founding in 2000. Continue reading eHarmony: Ethically Discriminating
Like many of my peers, I was shocked by some of what I saw in the video. I continually thought back to our discussions of truth/journalism/art and considered how prevalent this “love industry” really is in Japan. The video made it seem as if everyone in Japan prefers being single over being in any sort of relationship. Continue reading Trending Downward
What is the American dream? The white picket fence, nice house, two splendid children (a boy and a girl), and a wonderfully domestic wife to come home to. This is the ideal image that people have strived after for decades, but does it still apply to U.S. society today? Continue reading The American Dream
Watching the Vice video made me wonder: will Millennials ever have normal relationships? We’re a generation of people attached to technology and engrained with the idea of following our dreams and changing the world. Thus, like the Japanese, where do relationships fit into that? Our answer:
So we’re doomed? That’s it? Wrong. Amiss our generation of hook up and online dating culture, there has been a decline in the divorce rate. This could suggest that because people are waiting to get married until they have achieved their highest priority dreams. This leads to getting married at a more mature age which would mean those entering marriage would have thought about the meaning and their spouse a bit more than they would have at a younger age. Such a statistic could also suggest that the changes in gender roles have made marriage easier. For example, it is now socially acceptable for men to be the stay at home parent or the parent with a career that can revolve around child raising. It’s no longer a fight of inequality of roles but simply what each person in the relationship would rather do. Arguably this leads to seeing each other as equals thus less fights thus less divorce.
In conclusion, everyone relax a bit. The world isn’t completely engulfed in commodity sex, cuddles and conversation. Your Allie and Noah story could still happen (I just wouldn’t necessarily suggest heading to Japan to find it…). Do what your parents told you and chase your dreams, your significant other will come along eventually and now there’s a better chance of you two being together forever.