Why men are always the first to say I love you

Why men are always the first to say I love you

Sexual strategy

Ever wondered why young men are almost always the first to tell a woman “I love you”? This is because males often try to smooth-talk their partners in a blossoming romance into bed, a new study has claimed.

“Any strategy serving as the means to a sexual end would be beneficial to men, including declarations of love,” the Daily Mail quoted as saying researchers at Pennsylvania State University who carried out the study. The researchers interviewed 171 heterosexual students under 25.

A sizeable majority — 87 per cent — said they believed women fell in love first while three-quarters said they felt women to say “I love you” first. But, when asked about their own experiences, men said it took them a few weeks to realise they had fallen in love, compared with a few months for women.

It is probably no coincidence that this coincides with the average timescale when each partner wanted to have sex — within weeks for men and months for women, say the researchers.