The lovestruck male: Half of men know Miss Right after just one date... but women need at least six.
A meaningful glance across a crowded room. A glimpse of a smile. A whiff of perfume. That, it seems, is all it takes to fall head over heels in love – if you are a man. A chap barely even needs to have spoken to the object of his desire before declaring she is the one, a survey has found. Women, on the other hand, appear to take much longer to give their hearts away.
In the survey, one in five men claimed to have fallen in love at first sight. Just over half were smitten after one meeting and nearly three-quarters had lost their hearts within three dates.
In contrast, only one in ten women said they had experienced love at first sight. Most waited until at least the sixth date before deciding whether or not they had found the "real thing".
Professor Alexander Gordon, a chartered psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society, was intrigued by the findings and agreed that the gender difference was stark. He said men tended to tick more superficial boxes, such as looks, to help them decide whether they were "in love". Women were a little more complicated and likely to weigh up the pros and cons before settling on their choice.
"Women are better at reading social situations and are more likely to ask more questions of themselves after meeting someone, like is he going to make me feel secure and will he be a good father to my children," he said.
According to the findings, the average British man falls in love just over three times in his life while the average woman falls in love only once.And more men than women claimed to have loved someone who did not love them back. Men were also more likely to say "I love you" first and to pine after their first love.