A New Love Survey

February 10th, 2011

Happy smooches, all you love birds. It’s almost Valentine’s Day.

So…tell me how you met your SO. After getting the digits that first night, how long did you wait to text? When did you email them about the second date? Did you FB them right away or wait three days?

Ah…modern romance. A world of emailed flower photos and texted I <3 you.

Ralph Lauren Romance and Glamour Magazine recently held a survey that gave us a glimpse of today’s love affairs–ones that are probably different than years ago. You know, the times when a man came a’courtin’ and the girl had a protective daddy and a dowry.

I would have thought that most dating things today take place online, but as it turns out, they don’t. This made me happy.

The survey that polled 1,000 male and female adults age 18+ nationwide discovered that although technology has a role in the way men and women communicate, tradition remains an important facet in relationships.

Here’s what they found:

  • TRUE LOVE: 9 in 10 American adults believe in true love; this is equally believed among men and women, regardless of age and marital status.
  • FIRST ENCOUNTER: About 1 in every 9 married adults met their spouse online (12%); most people meet significant others through friends, family or at work.
  • FIRST CONTACT: Nearly 3 out of 4 single adults say 1-3 days is a reasonable amount of time to contact someone after obtaining their information; men were slightly more likely to say either the same day or the first week.
  • FRAGRANCE: 1 in 3 adults remember what fragrance their significant other was wearing on their first date (34%); among those single adults with a lucky date item, 73% of say that item is a fragrance.
  • COMMUNICATION: Phone calls are the preferred way to be contacted after a first date by both men and women, although men are far more likely to rely on technology. After the first date, 49% of men said text messaging is the preferred means of making contact and 29% said email.
  • COMPLIMENTS: 88% of men said the #1 compliment they would most like to receive is “you’re so funny,” however the compliment most desired by women is “you have a great smile.” (93%)
  • EXPRESSION: Men say “I love you” sooner than women, and are twice as likely as women to say “I love you” in the first week (19% vs. 10%). The number one thing men want to receive for Valentine’s Day is to hear “I love you.”

Photo credit: Keattikorn

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