Men More Likely to Say the L Word First

April 11, 2011
Saying “I love you” is a big step in any relationship and a step more likely taken by a man.

A new study shows when it comes to professing love in a heterosexual relationship it’s the man that’s more likely to utter those three little words. Josh Ackerman, a psychologist who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently published a study that pinpoints which of the sexes fesses up to love first.

The study found that 64 percent of people (wrongly) believe women initiate the love talk. Ackerman says, “We are constantly bombarded by this idea that love is about women, in a sense. Women are the more emotional ones, and men hide their feelings. But that doesn’t necessarily appear to be the case.” No, siree.

Ackerman and his team interviewed 205 straight males and females and questioned them about past and present relationships and who said “I love you” first in the relationship. The study revealed that men “were more likely to have said “I love you” first.”

The study also showed that men like to blurt out the “I love you” before sex (probably because they think it’ll lead to sex) and women like to hear it post-coital because it’s a sign of commitment wrapped up in a snuggly comforter.

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