We've pretty much made binge-watching TV shows into an Olympic sport, and dread to think how many hours we've
wasted spent absorbed in the lives of fictional people that don't actually exist.
But what about the very useful side of our telly addiction? What, for example, have on-screen relationship taught us about love?
A LOT, actually. Here's 16 dating lessons we've picked up over the years:
Don't steal your dying boyfriend a heart. He will still die.
Courtesy of Grey's Anatomy. Izzie may have cut the LVAD wire (still not 100 per cent sure what one of those is) but it didn't do her any good. In fact, the only place it got her was lying on the floor in a pretty pink dress.
Don't cheat on your significant other. You will *always* get found out.
See: Aria's dad in Pretty Little Liars, Ross Geller in Friends (ok they might have been on a break but whatever), Juliet Barnes in Nashville, Peter Florrick in The Good Wife, Don Draper in Mad Men, Nate Archibald in Gossip Girl, Fitzgerald Grant in Scandal, Arizona Robbins in Grey's Anatomy, Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City, Quinn Fabray in Glee and DO WE REALLY NEED TO GO ON?
Don't expect dating the (married) President of the United States to be easy.
Admittedly this one is quite niche. Thanks anyway, Scandal.
But being married to the ruthless Chief of Staff is worse
Just ask Cyrus Beene's husband James.
Moving to a small town won't be boring. Moving to a small town will mean HOT MEN GALORE and they will all be in love with you.
See: Hart of Dixie.
Does he seem too dreamy to be true? He's probably married. And/or a psychopath.
See: McDreamy in Grey's Anatomy and also Dexter's Dexter Morgan, serial killer extraordinaire.
You are probably in love with your best friend.
Just ask Rachel Green off of Friends. Or Penny off of The Big Bang Theory. Or Brittany and Santana in Glee. Or pretty much every single character in Gossip Girl.
But also maybe not.
Didn't exactly happen for Joey and Rachel, did it?
The geek is always the ideal guy. Don't dismiss the geek.
Two words: SETH. COHEN.
See: The O.C's Seth and Summer, Modern Family's Mitch and Cam, Grey's Anatomy's Alex and Izzie.
Don't date your teacher. Obviously.
You probs already realised this is a horrendous idea, but if you need any proof, look no further than Aria and Ezra off of Pretty Little Liars.
If he trades you for a hotel, you should probably leave him.
See: Chuck and Blair, Gossip Girl.
Choosing between two hot brothers - not as fun as it seems.
Oh you might THINK that having a pair of divine siblings vying for your attention is the absolute dream, but The Vampire Diaries' Elena will tell you otherwise.
Sleeping with co-workers can cause a lot of problems:
See: everyone in Grey's Anatomy.
Always make sure your boyfriend isn't secretly an undercover journalist writing a book about you and your friends.
Probably only applicable if your best pal went missing and then a crazy murderer impersonating her came back to torture you and your three closest friends à la Pretty Little Liars, but still.
Get a job in a hospital and you will never be single again.
Also there will be more on-call room action than actual practising of medicine. See: Grey's Anatomy.
Happy Ever Afters just don't happen. Sorry. Because happy does not a storyline make.