Eva Longoria ends hers, Facebook threatens it, and many don't care about it. What's up with marriage?
Maybe it's the fact that a desperate housewife lost her husband -- or maybe it's the British monarchy. Either way, this week has presented a great opportunity for us to lose our minds over the concept of marriage.
But for as much as we tend to speculate over royal engagements or celebrity weddings, our focus seems to intensify when we detect that things are going wrong. Perhaps for this reason a growing number of us -- a quarter of Americans, according to this Pew study -- actually think marriage is becoming increasingly unnecessary. (Though the tanking economy might be more to blame than a growing sense of cynicism.)
This morning, news broke that a New Jersey minister is trying to save marriage by demanding his church elders delete their Facebook accounts in the name of escaping temptation. The New York Post reported that the Rev. Cedric Miller of Living Word Christian Fellowship Church says 20 couples out of 1,100 in his congregation have put their marriages in danger by reconnecting with past loves on the social networking site, perhaps sowing wild oats over stolen hours with FarmVille.
In other technology-driven infidelity news, there's also the revelation of Tony Parker and Eva Longoria's split over an alleged mistress here. It seems like hundreds of illicit text messages brought this couple down.
Entire online communities are forming around figuring out whatever comes after losing love. Distraught halves of what once were couples seek advice, support and even divorce-related news (thanks, Huffington Post Divorce!) in their quest to feel better.
Tweet Does Facebook give us an out to a failed relationship? And are we just interested in a grand royal wedding because the marriage itself might go down in flames? Give us your thoughts by using #stateofmarriage on Twitter and we'll post some responses right here.
| November 18, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
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