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My Married Life: Vicarious Divorce

This article in The New York Times talks about how obsessed America seems to be with divorce. Between the Tiger Woods of the world and the multiple incarnations of Eat Pray Love, the topic of divorce is pretty much everywhere, and never before has it fascinated and entertained so many of us.

But on the flip side, real life divorce numbers are down -- way down -- 30-year-low down. So what's the deal? Why are we talking about divorce more and doing it less? Maybe we love reading about celebrity divorce because it serves as a cautionary tale (i.e., if I don't want that to happen to me, I'd better not do what they did), or maybe it's just a vicarious thrill like watching a horror movie. After all, we might enjoy being scared for a few hours, but that doesn't mean we want to live the plot of a scream queen. I mean, do we?

-- Holly

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