Women have always been thought of as the ones more focused on relationships, but new research suggests that the roles may actually now be reversed.
In a study conducted by the dating site ItsJustLunch.com, 47 percent of men wondered whether there was relationship potential after the first date. In contrast, 50 percent of the women surveyed thought only about whether they wanted to see the man again after going out with him once.
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"We're seeing that men and women are becoming more alike in their dating habits," It's Just Lunch spokeswoman Irene LaCota said in a statement. "And in some areas, they're beginning to trade places."
The poll also found that both men and women only need about 20 minutes to figure out whether they wanted to go on a second date.
"Especially in today's society, we're so used to both demanding and getting instant information that we've become a bit impatient and closed off, sometimes to our own detriment," LaCota said.
With men becoming more and more "committed" these days, according to research, they are also apparently getting in touch with their feelings at a faster rate than their fathers and grandfathers.
The study found that men most often were the first in their current or previous relationship to say "I love you." In the survey of 100 students and 47 heterosexual couples, 61 to 70 percent of participants admitted that the man expressed his feelings first.
More specifically, men said those three little words a full 42 days on average before women did.
The researchers also found that men prefer to drop the L-word before having sex because they think it ups their chances of getting some in the future, while women want to say it after having sex because they believe it increases their chances of commitment.
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