Wise men say only fools rush in. And with that statement, there's a slight possibility that the so-called wise men are referring to themselves as fools.
A new study published in The Journal of Social Psychology revealed that men fall in love faster than women, and are often the first to express it too!
The study surveyed 172 college students about their past relationships, asking when they fell in love and when they first uttered the words, "I love you" to their partners.
“Women are assumed to be emotional; sometimes overly so, or rash,” Marissa Harrison, psychologist and co-author of the study told Broadly. “Both men and women in our study presumed that women would fall in love and say ‘I love you’ faster than men.”
It turned out to be the complete opposite. Men who participated in the study reported that they fall in love and admit they're in love to their partner faster than the women who were surveyed.
And the reason? It's because women are generally more cautious about blurting out the L-word.
“I think women unconsciously postpone love compared to men. Women have a lot more to lose reproductively by committing to the wrong man. They are born with a finite number of eggs, yet men produce millions of sperm on a daily basis,” Harrison said. “If women commit to and get pregnant by an unworthy mate [with] no help rearing a child, that would be very costly, time- and resource-wise.”
With all these being said, it has to be noted that given the size of the sample study, there's no way that it could account for the wider population. What we do like about it, though, is that it dispels the notion that women are more emotional and overly expressive than men, which pop culture has led us to believe.
It's proven once again that society has an outdated idea about gender. Because saying *those three words* is definitely not a gendered experience.