From Love at First Sight to Soul Mate: The Influence of Romantic Ideals in Popular Films on Young People's Beliefs about Relationships

Veronica Hefner, Barbara J. Wilson
2013 Communication monographs  
This study aimed to measure the level of romanticism/realism of young adolescents, to assess differences on romanticism/realism among single and in a relationship young adolescents in terms of love after exposure to relevant media, and validate the Cultivation Theory proposed by Gerbner and Gross. The results showed that there is a significant difference between the scores of the groups toward the effect of media on young people's perception of love. The significance level is less than point
more » ... less than point 0.05, therefore the result of the quantitative data is "statistically significant" and unlikely to happen by chance. This proves exposure to romantic medium affects romanticism/realism of respondents and also validates the theory of Gerbner and Gross.
doi:10.1080/03637751.2013.776697 fatcat:rcu5ksq6nnebjjxf3trbkadqvi