I think our culture puts too much emphasis on romantic relationships at the expense of other types of relationship.
Totally. Also, this culture puts WAYY too many expectations and requirements on intimate relationships as well. People expect that one relationship to fulfill so many needs and roles, (romantic partner, sexual partner, best friend, financial partner, parent to the children, the one you share homemaking tasks with...) - essentially taking the place of the whole community (which no longer exists in modern life). I don't see this as healthy, or even possible to achieve. No wonder half of all marriages end in divorce, domestic violence runs rampant (60% of all women will experience it in their life), spouses lose sexual interest in each other and cheat, and so many feel miserable in their relationships in general. Ugh.