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This is how long most people wait before saying, “I love you”

By Stephanie Nuzzo February 17, 2018
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The answer might surprise you.

Whether you’re in it, dreaming of it or running the hell away from it, it’s human nature to wonder if your experience of the ‘L’ word is the same as everyone else’s or not. Sure, there’s obviously no “one size fits all” approach to romantic relationships, but that certainly doesn’t mean you won’t be a little curious. 

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For this reason, as Elite Daily has highlighted, the team at Mattress Online surveyed a total of 1,000 people on their experience of coming clean about being in love and their insights are pretty damn interesting. 

The survey showed that more than 50 per cent of people generally wait at least 3 months before saying “I love you” and that’s both men and women (52 per cent and 56 per cent, respectively). 

Looking at the earlier stages of the relationship, 32 per cent of women and 29 per cent of men were happy to say the big three words within the space of one to three months, showing that a good chunk of people are keen to dive on in fairly quickly.

And when it comes to the hopeless romantics, it seems men are far more likely to fall fast than women. The study showed that men are more than twice as likely as women to bring out the ILYs after just one week. However, it’s worth noting that this was only five per cent of the men surveyed (compared to two per cent of the women).

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What about you guys? 

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