Romance is dead, at least when it comes to TV sitcoms.
According to a study found in an upcoming issue of "Psychology of Popular Media Culture," love is an ingredient seriously lacking in some of our favorite TV sitcoms. Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a survey designed to test how the shows we watch on TV, specifically sitcoms, rom-coms and reality-based dating shows, affect our outlook on that famous four-letter word. The results: people who watch sitcoms have a decidedly more cynical view on love and romance -- sorry, "How I Met Your Mother" fans.
According to the research, viewers who tune into reality shows like "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" have a greater tendency to be romantic and believe in the idea of "true love." For sitcoms fans, however, the opposite is true. People who watch sitcoms regularly, especially those with romantic subplots like "Friends" and "HIMYM" tend to have less of a belief in the idea of soul mates and lasting love.
Read the full article "Sitcoms Are The Reason Your Love Life Sucks, Says Study" at The Huffington Post.