Do Romance Movies Ruin Relationships?

June 28, 2014  |  



By Tabitha Blaisdell, For YourTango

New research gives you an excuse to lure your partner into seeing that rom-com with you.

Fall 2014 brings the release of yet another Nicholas Sparks novel-turned movie, “The Best Of Me”. While chick flick lovers are rejoicing, rom-com haters are simultaneously sighing. I’ve heard complaints many times from my girl and guy friends alike. “These movies are so unrealistic; they skew our idea of love”. It is easy to think that romance movies create false expectations in relationships. As much as we may envy or despise the characters and storylines of romance movies, do they really have a negative effect on our relationships?

According to research, the answer is no. An April 2013 study conducted by the University of Illinois found that romantic comedies are not to blame for causing unrealistic expectations on love and relationships as a whole. According to Science daily, this study which examined the perspective of over 300 undergraduate students in the Midwest and found no correlation between watching romantic comedies and believing in soulmates, falling in love at first sight or finding the one. In our society, it is a common conception that the romance genre majorly influences certain beliefs and expectations about love among women; conversely, this study proves that to be false. No differences in answers were actually observed between men and women.

So now that we know rom-coms aren’t to blame for unrealistic expectations, read more on how they can actually help on Your Tango.

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