Posted at 3:13 PM on December 16, 2008
by Sanden Totten
Some relationships suffer from a lack of romance. Apparently others may suffer from too much. Research fresh out of Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh says that watching romantic comedies can lead people to over romanticize relationships:
"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" says the university's Dr Bjarne Holmes. They also tend to think that if you are meant to be with someone, they should know what you need from the relationship without you having to tell them. Apparently mind-reading powers is an important part of romantic relationships. All of this leads romantic comedy fans to be sorely disappointed by the real world version.
As part of their research they had 100 students watch the film Serendipity and 100 watch "a David Lynch drama" (which was clearly the polar opposite of Romance and / or Comedy). Those who watched the Rom-Com were more likely to believe in fate and destiny. I'm not sure what the Lynch-viewers came away believing in.
But even armed with this new evidence, Movie goers made Four Christmases the number two film at the box office, only bested by the latest movie to put Keanu Reeves in a black suit, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Why? Perhaps, because as Psychology Today points out, love is the number one hardest-to-kick addiction . . . trumping both heroin and potato chips.
I disagree...romantic comedies provide us mere mortals with a deluge of brilliant wooing strategies! For example, thanks to 1989's "Say Anything," I learned that no woman can resist a boombox blasting "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel. Netflixers, take note!