The HolidayThe usual accusations flung at films, particularly those of the horror or action genres, is that they have a negative influence on the audience - you know, like glorifying violence and torture and turning us all into gorno obsessives.

Now, it's the humble romantic comedy that's coming under fire for, apparently, giving us unrealistic expectations about what to expect from our love lives. Seriously...

RTE is reporting the results of a survey recently run by Warner Home Video, wherein around half of 1,000 Australians polled said that romcoms and their inevitable happy endings have ruined their ideals about relationships. One in five said their partners expected to be given flowers and gifts 'just because' and that one in four were expected to know what their partner was thinking. That's more Derren Brown than Jennifer Aniston, no?

According to Gabrielle Morrissey, an Australian relationship counsellor, "It seems our love of romcoms 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."

Read more about the poll after the jump... The HolidayThe usual accusations flung at films, particularly those of the horror or action genres, is that they have a negative influence on the audience - you know, like glorifying violence and torture and turning us all into gorno obsessives.

Now, it's the humble romantic comedy that's coming under fire for, apparently, giving us unrealistic expectations about what to expect from our love lives. Seriously...

RTE is reporting the results of a survey recently run by Warner Home Video, wherein around half of 1,000 Australians polled said that romcoms and their inevitable happy endings have ruined their ideals about relationships. One in five said their partners expected to be given flowers and gifts 'just because' and that one in four were expected to know what their partner was thinking. That's more Derren Brown than Jennifer Aniston, no?

According to Gabrielle Morrissey, an Australian relationship counsellor, "It seems our love of romcoms 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."

Truly, the disturbing thing about this poll is not that a cloying piece of fluff like Marley And Me can have a detrimental effect on someone's perception of the world, but that people can be so dumb as to be affected in such a way.

Expect more poll results soon, such as three out of five Americans admitting that they feel disappointed when a serial killer doesn't actually use devious traps or leave dictaphones lying around everywhere, and nine out of ten Britons declare that they become listless and depressed when visiting London only to discover that the citizens don't all brandish firearms and call each other 'muppet'.

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