-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) -- Watching romantic comedy
films does not lead young adults to develop unrealistic
expectations about relationships, according to a new study.
Researchers surveyed 335 college students, aged 18 to 26, in the
Midwest and found that watching romantic comedies often was not
strongly associated with romantic ideals such as love at first
sight and having a soul mate.
The study was published online April 12 in the journal
"These findings discredit the popular assumption that exposure to romantic comedies is a major source leading to unrealistic relational expectations among young people," principal investigator Veronica Hefner, an assistant professor of communication studies at Chapman University in California, said in a journal news release.
Hefner and her colleagues did find, however, that young adults
who said they watched romantic comedies to learn about
relationships were slightly more likely to believe in romantic
ideals, particularly the idealization of a partner. This includes
believing that a partner should be perfect or will be completely
accepting, loving and understanding.
"What really matters is not what you watch, but why you watch," Hefner said.
About 70 percent of the study participants were women. Overall,
men and women had the same responses about romantic beliefs. Hefner
said this finding challenges the popular belief that "women are the
ones who are most idealistic and most influenced by romantic
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