Buying into romantic plot lines on television may be ruining your chance at real life love.
A new study found that people who believed in television portrayals of romance, were less likely to be committed in their own relationships.
Over 390 couples were quizzed for the research, which appears in Mass Communication and Society.
The were asked about their satisfaction with their current relationship, their expectations for the romance, commitment, belief in television portrays of relationships and viewing frequency.
The results found that the more a person believed in television portrayals of love, the more they felt they were giving up in their own lives, such as resenting a loss of freedom and time.
"In this study I found that people who believe the unrealistic portrayals on TV are actually less committed to their spouses and think their alternatives to their spouse are relatively attractive," Dr. Jeremy Osborn, the article's author explained.
He added, "My hope would be that people would read this article and take a look at their own relationships and the relationships of those around them. How realistic are your expectations for your partner and where did those expectations come from?"
Do you have unfair expectations of your relationship and is TV to blame?