How can any guy compete with Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail? They can’t, and a study out of Scotland confirms it — romantic comedies are bad for relationships because they create unrealistic expectations.
Researchers at Heriot Watt University’s Family and Personal Relationships Laboratory in Edinburgh studied 40 romantic comedies released between 1995 and 2005, and found that problems reported by couples in relationship counseling reflect misconceptions about love and romance depicted in the movies.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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