Research done at Chapman University has found that people who watch reality wedding TV are far more likely to romanticize love and marriage than those who do not.
Two studies were conducted regarding both the 2011 royal wedding and wedding reality TV, like Say Yes to the Dress, and in each one the participants were asked why they watched the programs.
A quarter of those who had watched the royal wedding did so because it was a fairytale playing out before their eyes and, as the author of the study noted, “the idea that marriage is the ultimate expression of love.”
Those who watch all that wedding reality TV share in these romantic ideals, as well, most specifically the mentality that love conquers all; a sentiment that is gathered from the obstacles that the couples in the programs are able to surmount and move on from.
In both cases, the viewers have romanticized love thanks to the picture perfect images they’ve been given, and in doing so their relationships are better for it, leading to both longevity and overall relationship satisfaction. It also gives hope to all these viewers, and as we’ve learned from The Shawshank Redemption, hope is a good thing.