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Title

Disney Movie Consumption and Unrealistic Romantic Expectations

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Many current college students were born in the 1990’s, a major gateway decade for the rising of media consumption. This led to a concern on the effects of media influence on a child’s understanding of relationship building. It is a common belief that Disney movies produce negative and unrealistic expectations of romantic relationships due to the overly stereotyped main characters. Many studies have been conducted to investigate the influence of movies on romantic expectations but few have looked exclusively at Disney. A study investigating the effects of Disney movies and romantic expectations was conducted to delve further into this topic and to create a deeper understanding of the underlying effects. The study was sent out to 233 college students between 18 and 27 years of age via an online survey. They were asked about their Disney viewing habits and personal beliefs regarding entering and maintaining romantic relationships. The purpose of the study was to draw conclusions between the potential influence of Disney movies and romantic expectations. The study found no significant results to show that viewing Disney movies produced negative or unrealistic expectations on romantic relationships, suggesting that the level of influence is overestimated by society.

Start Date

25-4-2015 12:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2015 1:15 PM

Faculty Advisor

Douglas Gentile

Comments

Location: Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall

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Disney Movie Consumption and Unrealistic Romantic Expectations

Many current college students were born in the 1990’s, a major gateway decade for the rising of media consumption. This led to a concern on the effects of media influence on a child’s understanding of relationship building. It is a common belief that Disney movies produce negative and unrealistic expectations of romantic relationships due to the overly stereotyped main characters. Many studies have been conducted to investigate the influence of movies on romantic expectations but few have looked exclusively at Disney. A study investigating the effects of Disney movies and romantic expectations was conducted to delve further into this topic and to create a deeper understanding of the underlying effects. The study was sent out to 233 college students between 18 and 27 years of age via an online survey. They were asked about their Disney viewing habits and personal beliefs regarding entering and maintaining romantic relationships. The purpose of the study was to draw conclusions between the potential influence of Disney movies and romantic expectations. The study found no significant results to show that viewing Disney movies produced negative or unrealistic expectations on romantic relationships, suggesting that the level of influence is overestimated by society.