The pressure of the season is enormous, both externally and internally, for a multitude of reasons. Studies show that external influences—friends, family, jobs, commutes, living arrangements—can often cause the most turmoil for an otherwise happy couple.
We live in a strange world when Miley Cyrus's twerking is more important (and more interesting) than massive, documented genocide in Syria. I'd love to be shocked at the lack of empathy... but I'm too angry to be shocked. I've love to be outraged at many peoples' [apparent] lackadaisical, "I-don't-give-a-shit-because-it's-not-happening-to-me-or-my-family" attitude... but I'm too pissed off. I'd love to tell someone about it... if I could only get their glossy, unblinking eyes off their cell phones as they discuss/comment/view/refresh/send animated GIFs/reblog/tweet/post about Miley's ass jiggling against Robin Thicke's junk.
Have you seen the new commercial for Cheerios? A mom sits at her kitchen table when her grade schooler walks up to her with a box of Cheerios. The girl: "Mom? Dad told me Cheerios is good for your heart. Is that true?" The mother answers yes. Cut to the father napping on the couch — with Cheerios poured all over his chest.
A cute commercial highlighting Cheerios latest campaign: "Heart Healthy". In the normal world, this commercial would just be one of those things you smiled at one time...