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Could TV romances ruin your relationship?Posted on: July 4, 2013 12:15:16
Snuggling up in front of the TV with a bottle of wine and some nibbles is a favourite pastime for most couples, no matter how long they have been together.
And although the majority of people have a crush on at least one star of the small screen, it seems this harmless infatuation could be having an impact on their romantic expectations.
According to relationship expert Tracey Cox, people in relationships could find themselves feeling disappointed with their own love life because they subconsciously compare their experiences with those of characters in their favourite TV programmes.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Ms Cox used the example of research carried out by scientists in the US, who surveyed 392 married people and analysed their television viewing habits - as well as their opinions on the portrayal of small screen relationships.
Findings revealed that television reinforces unreasonable expectations about romances, which - in turn - is contributing to high divorce figures.
Ms Cox noted that people who compare their lives to those of Brody and Carrie in Homeland or Mary and Matthew in Downton Abbey could also be increasing the risk of cheating on their own partner.
She argued that if viewers believe the sex characters are having on TV is something they are not getting, but could be out there somewhere, they are more likely to play away from their husband or wife.
"In manufactured relationships, problems appear then disappear in about half an hour. It inevitably turns out to be a cute misunderstanding, which is solved by a three minute row followed by lots of cuddles, romantic reassurances and kisses on the head," the expert explained.
However, real-life problems tend to be a lot more tricky to resolve, often leaving one party feeling hurt or embarrassed.
So, while it is harmless to have a secret crush on a TV star, those people in relationships may want to consider the effects this could be having on their romance.
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