Re: Do we expect too much of our spouse in this day and age?
I'm in my 40s as well (47). When I married my wife in 1996, there were no smart phones, and texting was a pain in the butt. The internet existed but it was nothing like today. Any predisposed notions I had about marriage came from what I saw in my family and my friends' families, or what I saw on TV and in movies.
I suspect that has been the case for several generations. Heck, Leave it to Beaver and Andy Griffith among others set a pretty high bar for how to act in marriage and with children. Then we had the Cosby Show and Full House to guide the way.
I don't think the internet and newer technology has made marriage harder or put more pressure on spouses. What it has done is open up new ways to cheat and introduced more dialogue about open marriages, polyandry, and cheating. But, TAM and other boards, as well as marriage resource sites, can actually help marriages too.
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