Watching Romance TV Leads to Relationship Dissatisfaction, Says Study

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Hanging out too long in front of TV romance shows might indicate something far more serious than potential boredom or just a habit. It could mean one partner or spouse is becoming less romantically committed, and more unsatisfied, in their actual real-life relationship.

A recent study looked at the level of devotion people had in their actual relationship when they enjoyed frequent viewing of TV-created romances. Researchers had suspected that media and television portrayals of flirtatious, romantic and fictitious relationships could make a difference on how people view their own, and their assumptions seemed to align with the study from Albion College.

The key challenge comes in comparing the TV relationship to their own marriage or partner. With frequent viewing, the participants may come to find their own actual partner not as appealing as television characters in romances. The greater the amount of time a person spent watching romance TV, the higher, it seemed, the toll on their perceptions of their real-world partner or spouse.

Frequent romance viewers may also develop over-the-top expectations toward a partner’s romantic side – which could lead to inflated expectations for their sex lives, too. Other studies have indicated that when people view sexual imagery too often – be it computer, phone or other media sources – they may become desensitized to sexual pleasure with their own partner. Over time, they may develop an addiction and crave artificial sexual experiences like online pornography. Their partner may suffer anxiety and shame over not being able to measure up to these types of sexual experiences.

A similar factor in both excessive romance television viewing and behaviors like online pornography may be a growing level of dissatisfaction and unrealistic comparisons of a person’s partner to in favor of made-up TV or computer personas. Study results may lead to further research about the factors involved in the decline of committed relationships.