Are Rebound Relationships Doomed To Fail?

Do you ever find yourself surprised when you hear a couple has been together for 25, 35 or even 50 years?  These milestones aren't unheard of among our parent's and grandparent's generation but I wonder how scarce they'll be by the time we reach retirement. These days it's more like 10 years?  Wow.  Seven?  You've had a good run.  Four?  About Average.  Yesterday The Huffington Post ran an article that said the United States is ranked #1 in terms of marriage and divorce.  It illustrates something you can feel as soon as you cross the border; Americans are obsessed with relationships.  But the obsession seems to be about relationships with each other, not the one with themselves.

This week Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced their marriage had bit the dust after 11 years.  Arquette went on Howard Stern and disclosed, "She gave me the motorcycle and she said, I don't want to be your mother any more."  Then he pulled a John Mayer and gave listeners the scoop on the waitress he slept with, "once...maybe twice."

Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman have also called it quits.  According to a report by Access Hollywood last night, she may have strayed while filming her new movie, Burlesque. The report also claims that the 29-year-old wants to get to know herself outside of a relationship.  Now there's an idea.

Despite what you think about the power dynamics or age discrepancies influencing celebrity couples, think again.  The massive divorce rate in this country isn't just among celebrities.

Maybe the problem with so many relationships is that a lot of them get started because too many people think that the best way to get over one person, is to get "under" another one?  Why is a rebound, or marriage number 2, 3 or 4 for that matter, so much more desirable than being single?