When it comes to love, is reality TV the best idea?
We reached out to cyber dating expert Julie Spira, bestselling author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online, for her insight as to what we should expect from these very-public, made-for-TV couples. Here’s what she said:
“The pressure for couples to be their best on TV reality shows with the most romantic behavior makes for good television. The problem in this relationship is the distance. As Maynard resides with her daughter in Charlotte, NC, while her TV and real-life fiancé is in Austin, Texas, bringing their TV romance to the real world became challenging for the couple.
“TV viewers want to see a happily-ever-after, but real-life personal differences in a relationship where you’re getting to know your fiancé after you become engaged often come to the surface. It’s a lot of pressure for any couple to try to keep the relationship together, even if they are growing apart.
“I commend the couple for realizing their differences prior to marriage to avoid a painful divorce.”
For more from Julie Spira:
- Friday the 13th: Advice on How to Help Yourself Fall in Love
- How to Find a Date in Time for Valentine’s Day, by Julie Spira
- Julie Spira’s Daily Dose of Love
- Dating Tips for Summer Love With Julie Spira
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