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Dear Poll: Can you Find True Love on TV?

Did any of you watch Monday night's premiere of The Bachelor? That show happens to be one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I love watching a dozen women pine over one man, go on group dates, and do anything in their power to make themselves remembered. At the end of every season, the viewers watch with baited breath to see if there will be a proposal on the finale, and while each couple swears their love is the "real deal," only two relationships in The Bachelor/The Bachelorette history have been a success.

With so many dating shows on television these days, it seems like everyone is desperate to find love. Jen Scheft of The Bachelorette and the author of Better Single than Sorry knows first hand that sometimes, even when you have everything in your favor, finding love takes more than just a "perfect man." When the camera is rolling and the bright lights are shining on you, do you think it is possible to find true love on national TV?

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grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 9 years
I haven't bothered to check out the new season of the Bachelor, because usually there is a news article a week later saying the couple broke up!! The only couple from that show who seems to be in it for the long run is Trista and Ryan from the Bachelorette version. I think it would take some extreme luck for a couple to meet that was actually compatible outside of the luxury "world" provided by the show.
a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 9 years
Have any of these 'perfect couples' stayed together for more than 3 years? None that I can think of. Then again, I don't follow the show. I find it strange that each bachelor or bachelorette is supposed to find their soulmate. In 6 billion people, their soulmate is supposed to be one in the twelve provided by the producers of the show? It's ridiculous.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i agree, total guilty pleasure to watch this show. i do think it's possible to find true love on that show (look at ryan and trista; think that's their names), but it isn't very likely (look at all the others that went on the show). the problem with the show to me is 1) the women are competing to win before they know what the "prize" is. they are asked to go full out just to stay in the running but athey havn't spent more than a few minutes with him. and 2) the men like to think they are doing the chasing. it seems like ryan felt more like a "winner" than having been "won" which is why that relationship had a chance.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i agree, total guilty pleasure to watch this show. i do think it's possible to find true love on that show (look at ryan and trista; think that's their names), but it isn't very likely (look at all the others that went on the show). the problem with the show to me is 1) the women are competing to win before they know what the "prize" is. they are asked to go full out just to stay in the running but athey havn't spent more than a few minutes with him. and 2) the men like to think they are doing the chasing. it seems like ryan felt more like a "winner" than having been "won" which is why that relationship had a chance.
fiestygirl fiestygirl 9 years
No, how can you really get to know someone when you know that everyone in the US and your parents are watching?! I do think you can fall in love with anyone, therefore fixed marriages can work...over time love grows. However, I don't know if you can fall in love in such a short time with such limited glances of true personality. What was that Chris Rock quote?...that you only meet a person's representative for the first year
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