While doing a content analysis project for my Communications class, I ran across this article from Redbook. Of course, I had to take a break from homework and write about it.
The media has been covering the relationship of Courtney Cox and David Arquette.
Arquette has admitted to physically cheating on Cox with another woman. To justify his actions, he says that they were "on a break." They are starting to sound more like Ross and Rachel!
Rumors have been circulating that Cox has been involved with an emotional affair with her co-star, Brian Van-Holt.
The article delves into the debate of which is worse, an emotional affair or a physical affair. It concludes that emotional cheating is more powerful.
Is one or the other necessarily worse? How do you define emotional cheating? Emotional cheating has been defined as grabbing a drink after work, inside jokes, etc. I think people have had emotional affairs for forever; the concept isn't new. New is the scramble to find justification for broken marriages.
That is not to say that I condone any sort of cheating, and I think it is an enormous problem in our society. So many marriages are failing that we are more closely examining the causes. It seems that failing marriages consume the front pages of the media. At the very least, we see more news about these marriages than successful ones. Is this having any effect on us? In some way, maybe the statistics and stories about how rare it is to find successful relationships are encouraging us to give up when the inevitable tough times come.