Bridget Jones ruined my life

Watching romantic comedies gives the viewer unrealistic expectations of relationships and can even lead to communication problems. That’s the conclusion of a study carried out at Herriot Watt university, anyway. Girls, put down the chick flick and learn to love car chases and explosions. It’ll help you understand us better.

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 communicate it.

“We now have some emerging evidence that suggests popular media play a role in perpetuating these ideas in people’s minds.

“The problem is that while most of us know that the idea of a perfect relationship is unrealistic, some of us are still more influenced by media portrayals than we realise.”

(Of course, I keep meaning to work on a romantic comedy script. Mine will be different, I promise.)