In many parts of the world, marriages are still arranged. Which begs the question: Can people in arranged marriages really fall in love? Arranged marriages may not seem like a super romantic notion, but here's the thing: One study by Statistic Brain showed that the global divorce rate for arranged marriages was just 6 percent. Not only that but a study conducted by Psychology Today researchers revealed no difference whatsoever between couples in arranged marriages and those in free choice marriages on the four measures included in their study, including passionate love, companion love, satisfaction, and commitment. People in many countries — including India, Pakistan, China, and Japan — still adhere to the tradition of arranged marriages , and as studies have shown, many of those marriages seem to last. But can it ever be the other way around?
Arranged Marriage Around the World
Indian Matchmaking: Two critics discuss the controversial Netflix reality dating show.
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I do not typically spend time watching reality TV , which might surprise some considering I was once on a reality show. Given my own experience and ethnic background, I wanted to love the show and be supportive, but to me the series fell flat and overly simplified and stereotyped what it means to be Indian. Although the couples Sima fixes up are not forced to marry, the end goal of matchmaking is that, after a few dates, the people involved will commit to an eventual engagement or Roka. After having a Roka, the couple can plan their nuptials on their own timeline and get to know each other more.
Indian Matchmaking is a Indian documentary television series produced by Smriti Mundhra. Indian Matchmaking was released on July 16, , on Netflix. Mundhra named the casting the biggest hurdle of the show, going through a client list of families and calling to see if they were willing to be on camera. Mundhra also noted that the series initially started with about a dozen singles but with some that "fell off" during production.