Dec 16, 2008

Lifestyle - Romantic comedies mar love lives

LONDON: Romantic comedies may have fired love lives of many for long. Yet, a new study has claimed that watching the popular flicks could spoil
relationships as they create unrealistic expectations.

Researchers in Edinburgh have carried out the study and found that people who watch romantic comedies are more likely to believe in predestined love than those who prefer to see other genres of movie.

According to them, unlikely happy endings, improbable plots and faux philosophy are to blame -- in fact, seeing even a single romantic comedy is enough to sway people's attitudes to romantic love.

"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," lead researcher Dr Bjarne Holmes said.

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