Study: Belief In On-Screen Love Could Hurt Commitment To Real Relationships

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Screen grab from “The Notebook,” a 2004 romance movie released by New Line Cinema. (Credit: imdb.com)

Screen grab from “The Notebook,” a 2004 romance movie released by New Line Cinema. (Credit: imdb.com)

LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) - Everyone loves a good love story.

However, those who believe too much in the idealistic portrayals of love depicted in movies and on television tend to miss out on the lasting love stories central to their favorite forms of entertainment.

That was what one study, authored by Jeremy Osborn of Albion College in Albion, Mich., found after researchers decided to investigate the matter.

“We live in a society that perpetually immerses itself in media images from both TV and the Web screen sharing, but most people have no sense of the ways those images are impacting them,” Osborn said in a statement, according to LiveScience. “The rate of marriage failure in the U. S. is not dropping, and it is important for people to have a sense of what factors are leading to the failure of so many relationships.”

The study asked 392 married individuals to take a survey asking about their satisfaction in their current relationships, as well as their expectations and levels of commitment to their respective partners.

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