A love expert agrees with you if you believe Netflix's love-matched couples will not last long. Callis Adams, a dating expert, believes that couples are unprepared for the realities of marriage after the show is over. Adams told Lovehoney that,
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The problem with many dating shows is that the couples aren’t prepared for reality after the show is over. Once the show is over the couples are ‘released’ into the wildness of a reality they haven’t been prepared for nor warned of.
Why does the relationship end?
According to Hypebae, the pods may not be the only problem. Adams believes that attempting to adapt to a new environment can be detrimental to a couple's relationship. Using Raven and SK from season two as examples, the dating expert stated,
Things appeared to be fine and dandy upon their first sighting after the pods. But all it took was one night together before realizing something might be off. That can cause them to clash as they’re trying to adapt their relationships to entirely different environments, conditions, and circumstances. So it may not be that they’re entirely incompatible, but simply that the show doesn’t prep them for the real sh-t.
Why are reality dating shows dominating the airwaves?
Love-matched reality shows like Love Island, Love is Blind, Too To Handle, Married At First Sight, The Ultimatum, among others, have recently flooded the screens. But why this new craze when there are so many different ways to meet and fall in love?
As Dr Karen McNally, a Reader in American Film, Television, and Cultural History at London Metropolitan University explains, dating shows tick boxes across a range of our TV desires and expectations.
The film expert, according to Cosmopolitan, clarified this by saying,
They’re part-reality TV, part-soap opera, part-game show, which means that they’re combining elements of fiction and non-fiction, characterisation, relationships, melodrama, competition and aspiration that are very potent
McNally continued to explain the enthusiasm of audiences is a driving factor:
The ebb and flow of TV genres is largely driven by audience response. But behind such trends often lie cultural changes that prompt the increasing appeal of the genre.
Because all of these love reality shows have been a success, producers will be eager to do more.
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