A survey published in tandem with Elizabeth Noble's novel - The Way We Were in the UK and When You Were Mine in the US - found that men fall in love faster, dwell on their ex's longer and have experienced more unrequited love than women. In contrast, the women in the study were more likely to seek out former partners and felt happier about their relationships decisions and where it landed them in life. Almost a quarter of the survey participants admitted feeling like they'd never experienced romantic love yet, and both genders agreed their first love was the hardest to recover from.
Some of this makes intuitive sense to me, and other parts I already discovered having written about dating and relationships for over a decade as well as from my coaching clients. I did however find one surprising tidbit, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. In Noble's study, the men generally knew after one date that they'd found The One (with 25% stating they knew within seconds of meeting), yet the women took around the six date mark to determine whether or not they'd found a long term partner. I couldn't find any of the nitty gritty details of the study, other than it asked UK singles about their experiences with lost loves, past loves and first loves. Still, I'm curious as to whether or not you agree with the findings: do men fall in love faster than women?