Looks like Ashton Kutcher has a lot more to answer for than just the cougar phenomenon!
A survey of more than 1,000 people released by Warner Home Video, has revealed that 3 in 4 believe that relationships portrayed in rom-coms are unrealistic and 41% say they want more romantic moments in their lives.
The research commissioned to celebrate the release of Valentine’s Day on Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats, found that the reasons why almost half of Australians believe that romcoms have ruined their views of an ideal relationship, include 1 in 4 Australians being expected to know what their partners are thinking, and 1 in 5 stating that their partners expect gifts and flowers ‘just because’.
Dr Gabrielle Morrissey, sexologist and relationship expert, says, “it seems our love of rom-coms is turning us into a nation of ‘happy-ever-after-addicts’. Yet the warm and fuzzy feeling they provide can adversely influence our view of real relationships.
“It’s interesting to see 51% of men and 48% of women surveyed believe in love at first sight, and 1 in 3 believe that if there are no fireworks at the start of a relationship, then it’s better to end it. Whilst I am a fan of romantic comedies and think that singles and couples can learn a lot from them, real relationships take work and true love requires more than fireworks.
“Instead of expecting your love life to play out like Jennifer Garner and Ashton Kutcher in Valentine’s Day, I would recommend Australian couples do things together like go to a restaurant, watch a gig or snuggle up on the couch together.”
So what do you think? Do romantic comedies make us expect too much from relationships?