Is Hollywood Ruining Our Relationships?

October 8, 2014 6:59 PM

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Is Hollywood Ruining Our Relationships?

It was about eight years ago on a quiet fall evening. I had been married for a few years and my two young children had uncharacteristically gone to bed at the same time and without drama. If you're a woman with a child, a job or any other kind of time-eating, energy-draining list of responsibilities you know that beautiful feeling of finally sitting down with a glass of pinot and a fashion mag. I opened up to a quiz that said "How to Tell If You Have Found Your Prince Charming." I read through the questions. Does he make you feel like a princess? Does he surprise you with romantic gifts and last minute get-aways? Is he more like Brad Pitt, George Clooney or Matthew McConaughey? As I'm reading, the The Notebook is on the TV. It's the kissing in the rain scene and Ryan Gosling is doing it very well. I look over to see my husband watching some kind of YouTube nonsense on his laptop. He's laughing, cookie crumbs on the desk in front of him and he's wearing a shirt that says "If you think my attitude stinks, you should smell my underwear." True story.

After a brief "Oh my God, this is my life" moment I started to wonder if Hollywood may actually be doing us a disservice. Are we, thanks to steamy love scenes with perfect lighting and airbrush makeup, setting our expectations too high? Are we even living in reality? Relationships may be the one thi...

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