(When your heart is bursting with affection for someone, you want the world to see.)But couples aren't waiting for the ultimate declaration to sleep together: 27 percent wait just a week or two.
For some, holding hands even comes *after *a couple's first time in bed—34 percent said they'd wait one or two weeks to engage in that kind of PDA.
Men rated more happiness and felt more positive emotion if they received confessions of love before having sex.
To find out how rapidly different aspects of relationships evolve, Match surveyed over 2,000 British men and women about saying "I love you" and other love milestones, like sleeping together and becoming Facebook official.
However, is timing more important than honesty and self-disclosure?
For most men it starts off as a suspicion ("Holy f*ck. ") then it grows to certainty, then to anxiety about how and when to say it, and whether the woman might feel the same way.For example, he'll start with the word "I," squeeze you tight, make a soft noise and then say "you." Or "I [insert sweet, knowing look] you." It's like we need to test the water to see if you'll please (please! This is the I'm-going-to-open-the-door thing we do, where we make it so clear that we want to say it but don't actually do so.He is Being a Creeper Speaking of looks, you will know your guy is getting ready to say it because you will be getting ready for a night out, or working away across the desk from him, and look up and he will be staring at you like a creeper, a slight smile playing across his face.People are also introducing their significant others to their friends well before the five-month mark, with 60 percent saying they do so within the first month.In case you're wondering when this all will happen for you, Match found that the average age people met their partners was 25 for women and 28 for men.Even if your guy has a hunch that you love him too, it's nerve-wracking to be the first one to say "I love you."Plus there's the pressure of getting it "right." He wants to be sitting in a park after the best date ever, have a sweet speech ready, and as soon as you say it back the previously inactive fountain comes to life and shoots beautiful streams of water into the air as you kiss.That's what the movies make us think this moment should be, and most men know it won't be that, so we avoid the actual act of saying these words longer than is needed or comfortable.Keeping it simple lets her know you’re 100-percent serious about her, evoking a certain straightforward, no-BS tact women crave. “The word should come from the heart, not the head,” Casey says.Your rent-out-the-stadium-Jumbotron moment can wait. The fact that you mean it, not how you say it, matters most.Researchers suggest this happens because women’s physiological traits (i.e., childbearing abilities) are evolutionary more “valuable.” Therefore, women can afford to wait for declarations of love and be more selective about who they choose to love…or have sex with.In another few studies, these same researchers examined whether men and women have better reactions to statements of love before or after having sex in the relationship.