They call it the MTV curse, but I think that’s unfair to MTV (ha, words I thought I’d never type in earnest) because it’s not as if being on MTV is what causes these marriages to fall apart–Nick & Jessica, Dave & Carmen, Travis & Sleeping Beauty, etc. MTV is merely a symptom.
Here’s the thing. Unless you’re Ozzy Osbourne, no one gives a shit about how your ordinary life is. Which means that MTV has to Real World you, where they create for you a little storyline and some drama. If you’re willing to subject your most ordinary, private moments to contrivance, you have issues. If you’re willing to subject everyone in your family to pretending to be something slightly different than they are–in other words, if you ask your whole family to be “on” all the time, to be performing all the time–just so that you can have the validation of the camera, you’re only asking for trouble.
Do you see what I’m saying? If you want the camera to show you that your life is so great that it’s worth watching, and if the people running the camera need you to perform in order to create a life that is so great it’s worth watching, being on camera isn’t going to make you feel better about your marriage, it’s going to make you feel worse.
Though not as bad as when the cameras turn off.