Study Finds Romantic Comedies Can Take Fun Out of Real Relationships

Posted on December 27, 2008

The BBC reports that a study has found that watching romantic comedies can give viewers unrealistic expectations for real life relationships. The study involved student volunteers watching a romantic comedy.
The movies included You've Got Mail, Maid In Manhattan, The Wedding Planner and While You Were Sleeping.

The university's Dr Bjarne Holmes said: "Marriage counsellors often see couples who believe that sex should always be perfect, and if someone is meant to be with you then they will know what you want without you needing to communicate it.

"We now have some emerging evidence that suggests popular media play a role in perpetuating these ideas in people's minds.

"The problem is that while most of us know that the idea of a perfect relationship is unrealistic, some of us are still more influenced by media portrayals than we realise."
It would be interesting to see this study conducted on older subjects. Young people tend to be more idealistic and have less experience with relationships so it is possible romantic comedies have a bigger impact on them.

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