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Why romantic comedies might be bad for your relationship August 26, 2010

Posted by rmshepard in entertainment, Film, Media Research, News, Television.
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The findings of a recent study in Australia directed by relationship expert Dr. Gabrielle Morrissey suggest that romantic comedies may be relationship killers. In a poll of 1000 Australians, 1 in every 4 participants reported that romantic comedies had detrimental effects on their relationship expectations. As Dr. Morrissey now cautions: “It seems our love of rom-coms is turning us into a nation of happy-ever-after addicts. Yet the warm and fuzzy feeling they provide can adversely influence our view of real relationships. Real relationships take work and true love requires more than fireworks.”

The Australian study confirms the findings of an earlier study out of Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Researchers there studied 40 top box office films released between 1995 and 2005 and asked hundreds of people to complete a survey about their beliefs and expectations regarding relationships. The researchers found that fans of romantic comedies “often fail to communicate with their partners effectively, with many holding the view that if someone is meant to be with you, then they should know what you want without you needing to tell them.”

For more on this ground-breaking research, see the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  How does the research above relate to George Gerbner’s popular “cultivation theory”?

2.  Are there similarities between the effects of romantic comedies on heavy viewers, and the effects of pornography on heavy viewers? If so, then how?

3.  How might romantic comedies actually be socially positive, despite their tendency to create unrealistic expectations?



1. Jonathan Mocha - December 4, 2011

Indeed! And most women don’t even realize this!

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