Ted Mosby is Responsible For Your Cynical View of Love

by Rachel Baker on June 23, 2014

A new study seems to imply that your views on love are based around what you watch on tv.

New research in an upcoming issue of Psychology of Popular Media Culture suggests that fans of sitcoms with romantic subplots, like HIMYM or The Big Bang Theory, are less likely to believe in the mushier, gushier aspects of love and romance.

In the study, University of Michigan researchers asked participants how regularly they watched sitcoms, rom-coms, and marriage-themed reality shows (like The Bachelor), and also how strongly they endorsed statements like “When you meet the right person, you know it almost immediately,” or “My ‘true love’ will be nearly perfect.” (Editors’ note: Barf.) And they found that people who watched more rom-coms and romantic reality TV shows tended to have stronger beliefs in romantic idealism; for romantic reality TV fans especially, the more they watched, the more strongly they believed in romance.

For sitcom fans, though, it was the opposite. The more sitcoms participants watched, the weaker their belief in romance tended to be, including the idea of soul mates, love at first sight, or the idea of a “perfect” true love.

Here’s the Article:
How I Met Your Mother Is Responsible For Your Cynical View of Love

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