Men Fall In Love Quicker Than Women, Say Researchers

Women have always been considered as the most romantic sex. But according to the new research, in majority of cases the daughter of Eve is NOT the first one who says three magic words “I love you”.

The research showed that men are more likely to say "I love you" first. Photo: Knivesout/ Flickr

Researchers in the US proved that women are more expressive in their feelings but men are more likely to fall in love first.

This clearly contradicted the previous research which showed that not only are women more expressive about how they feel but that they are expected, by both sexes, to be ones who fall in love first.

Experts found three times as many men as women were the first to make a declaration in love.

The latest findings by psychologist Marissa Harrison, from Pennsylvania State University in the US, shows that women are actually more careful than men when it comes to romance.

“This suggests that women tend to be more pragmatic about love than society tends to believe, perhaps not always rushing fool-heartedly into a relationship,” said Prof Harrison.” Perhaps women are perceived as less rational about love because they have a greater capacity for processing emotional experiences.”

Professor Harrison asked 172 volunteers whether they had ever been in love and, if so, whether it had taken days, weeks or months to realize they were fathoms deep in love with their partner.

They were then asked how far into a relationship they got before they openly declared their emotions.

In a ‘Journal of Social Psychology’ it is written that men are more likely to fall in love within a few weeks, while most women take several months.

The researchers also cleared out that men want sex for the first time after a few weeks after having started to date, while most women prefer to wait a few months.

It can be supposed that women are more pragmatic when love is concerned than society tends to believe, perhaps not always rushing fool-heartedly into a relationship.

“It can be argued that men’s falling in love and exclaiming this love first may be a by-product of them equating love with sexual desire,” said Marissa Harrison. “But research shows passionate love and sexual desire are distinctly different mechanisms.

One more research, published in Elizabeth Noble’s new novel “The Way We Were” said: “Most men say they know whether they are in love after just one date and the rest are likely to know within three.”

Nearly a quarter of interviewee assured they believed in love at first sight and knew whether a girl was the only one within a few seconds.

Women, on the contrary, are more hesitant on the issue, consulting with friends and family and waiting at least a month before making their minds up.

The research also showed that “the average British man falls in love just over three times compared to the average woman who says she has only been in love once.”

But while they may fall in love more easily, men also get their hearts broken more often with more men claiming to having loved someone who didn’t love them back.

British experts agreed that men have always differed greatly in their ability or willingness to show their emotions preferring keeping it hidden. But younger males today are far less likely than previous generations to get embarrassed about telling a loved one how they feel.

Social psychologist Dr Gary Wood claimed, “All men are different and there is no such thing as a typical male. “

“But British men have changed dramatically in the last 50 years and younger people are generally more inclined to express their feelings,” he added.  [via The Telegraph (UK) and PR Newswire]

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