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Is the idea of having one partner for life still a realistic one? by Mind Map: Is the idea of having one partner for life still a realistic one?
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Is the idea of having one partner for life still a realistic one?

Counter Argument 1: Influences from the media make monogamy less realistic

Elaboration 1: In the age where tabloids scream of scandals such as affairs and divorces of various idols, it is not surprising that many seem to be following in their footsteps

Elaboration 2:It seems like everywhere you look, there's divorce: in books, on TV and on the big screen. The media appears to be glorifying divorce, making it seem as if there should be a celebration for separation.

Elaboration 3: Even government leaders are setting a bad example by taking part in extra marital affairs.

Example: OK Magazine and People Magazine often publish split ups and divorces of celebrities on the front page of their magazine. Eg, Russell brand and Katy Perry split in Dec 2011. Politicians: Bill Clinton had a 12 year long affair with Gennifer Flowers and the affair with 22 year old intern Monica Lewinski in the public eye.

Counter Argument 2: Many find it hard to be committed to a single partner for life and are quick to end a marriage.

Proof: 67% of recent marriage now end in divorce.

Elaboration 1 The sanctity of marriage is taking a beating. People’s attitudes towards marriage itself are changing…and as a result they do not work hard at it as before.

The idea of having one partner for life is no longer a realistic one. People have now become more open to polygamy, which is the practice or condition of having more than one spouse at one time. Many are hence breaking away from the conventional idea of having only one partner for life (monogamy). Infidelity is no longer seen as a terrible thing in certain countries, therefore couples nowadays are less afraid of cheating on their spouses. although a number of people still favour the idea of monogamy, other factors may cause this idea to become unrealistic, causing marriages to end in divorce. as a result, we believe that the idea of having one partner for life is no longer a realistic one.

Conclusion: In conclusion, although certain traditional values still hold in modern day, the mindsets and attitudes of people towards marriage has changed. More couples are thus less afraid to end their marriage should they feel a need to, instead of trying their utmost best to savage their marriages even when they no longer see any hope. In addition, many married couples choose to have no children in this present day, hence making the decision of divorcing an easier one since there is no need to consider the impact their divorce would inflict upon the child. The increasing divorce rate has also clearly shown how the idea of having only one partner for life is no longer a realistic one.

Supporting argument 1: Traditional values still hold in modern day society (Zhujun)

Many people remained single even after his/her spouse died.

Children are the ones considered when couples are thinking about divorces. Parents from both sides usually come into play as well.

Supporting argument 2: Many still hopes for a blissful marriage (Zhujun)

Many still hope to savage their marriages even though it is laid with thorns

Many couples still share their very personal belongings or items together

Many couples still put in spice into their marriage life

Many couples still give each other some privacy in certain matters and respect each other

In Singapore, 10% of the marriages go into divorce, meaning there are still 9 out of 10 marriages who view their marriage as important and hopes to sustain it.