watching romantic comedies can spoil your love life, a study by a university in edinburgh has claimed.
rom-coms have been blamed by experts at heriot watt university for promoting unrealistic expectations when it comes to love.
they found fans of films such as runaway bride and notting hill often fail to with their partners.
many held the view if someone is meant to be with you, then they should know what you want without you telling them.
psychologists at the family and personal s at the university 40 top box office hits between 1995 and 2005.
the movies included you've got mail, maid in manhattan, the wedding planner and while you were sleeping.
the university's dr bjarne holmes said: "marriage counsellors often see couples who believe that sex should always be perfect, and if someone is meant to be with you then they will know what you want without you needing to it.
"the problem is that while most of us know that the idea of a perfect is unrealistic, some of us are still more influenced by media portrayals than we realise."
as part of the project, 100 student volunteers were asked to watch the 2001 romantic serendipity, while a further 100 watched a david lynch drama.
students watching the romantic film were later found to be more likely to believe in fate and destiny.
kimberly johnson, who also worked on the study, said: "films do capture the excitement of new s but they also wrongly suggest that trust and committed love exist from the moment people meet, whereas these are qualities that take years to develop."
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