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Men ARE more romantic: 48% fall in love at first sight compared with 28% of women
Around 10,000 people took part in online survey about love and relationships in the 21st century
While romantic, men are more unfaithful gender, with 33% admitting to having had sex outside a relationship
14:21 GMT, 22 April 2013
14:21 GMT, 22 April 2013
They may forget anniversaries and buy last minute Valentine’s gifts from petrol stations, but men are, apparently, more romantic than women.
A survey found that while 48 per cent cent have fallen in love at first sight, a mere 28 per cent of women could claim the same.
The research, published in new book The Normal Bar, questioned 10,000 people worldwide about their attitude towards love and relationships.
Dispelling the myth: A new book has found that men are more romantic than women
The Normal Bar is the brainchild of entrepreneur Chrisanna Northrupp and is co-authored by academics Professor Pepper Schwartz, sociologist at the University of Washington, and Professor James Schwartz, Director of the Centre for Social Science Research at George Mason University in Virginia.
Using data collected from their online survey, the book aims to dispel the myths surrounding sexuality and relationships, shed light on what a real 21st century relationship entails and help make your own relationship more satisfying.
The survey, which is ongoing, contains 1,300 questions and touches on everything from sex to the most attractive physical features to personality traits a prospective partner looks for, the Washington Post reported.
Other interesting figures from the survey included the finding that only 74 per cent of people are happy in their relationship and 66 per cent of those questioned believe their partner is their soulmate.
The survey also found that more men than women had strayed in their relationships
But perhaps the most interesting – albeit worrying – discovery was that having sex without a emotional ties outside a relationship was not technically regarded as an affair by many.
While only 15 per cent of those asked
admitted to having had an affair, the number confessing to being
unfaithful shot up dramatically when the question was phrased as ‘sex outside your
A third of men and 19 per cent of women then said they had indulged in extra-marital relations.
The books goes on to explain that for many, the secret to a happy relationship includes having regular date nights, using pet names, holding hands, passionate kissing, back rubs and frequently saying 'I love you'.
But the most important factor, that almost everyone surveyed agreed on, was communication.
In unhappy relationships, a lack of communication was cited as the number one reason for it breaking down.
…BUT ANOTHER STUDY SAYS ROMANCE IS DEAD
We are now twice as likely to choose money over love, according to a new study.
The research, carried out by innovative charity and gambling website jaro.com, has found that twice as many Britons would opt for 650 million (or $1bn U.S., where the research was carried out) over finding their true love, with men particularly being the most money-orientated.
And materialism peaks around middle age, with 40 per cent of those aged between 35 and 44 years old saying cash is more important than love or good health.
The survey of 2,000 adults found that women are more likely to choose love than men, but only by two per cent – 13 per cent of men are more likely to choose money.
The younger generation were found to be the most romantically inclined, with 18 to 24-year-olds placing equal importance on love and money at around 35 per cent each.