In romantic comedies, a combination of persistence and grand gestures seems to always pay off. But translated to the real world, these acts of “love” can be downright creepy. In fact, a new study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Julia Lippman points out that rom-coms are actually normalizing stalking behavior off-screen. Years of watching lovers unrelentingly pursue their interests—only to end up with them in the end—have blurred the line between romance and obsession. Head to the Atlantic to learn more.