People who watch sitcoms regularly tend to have less of a belief in the idea of soulmates and lasting love.
“But viewers who tune into reality shows, like dating ones, have a greater tendency to be romantic and believe in the idea of true love,” researchers from University of Michigan said.
The study looked to prove how influential, even subconsciously, TV can be on a person’s belief system.
“Sitcoms, unlike dating shows, paint a flawed view of love. Rarely do relationships last on such shows and when they do, they are far from perfect,” researchers added.
The study was published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture.