They may forget anniversaries and buy last minute gifts, but men are more romantic than women. A survey found that while 48 per cent have fallen in love at first sight, a mere 28 per cent of women could claim the same. The research, published in a book – The Normal Bar, questioned 10,000 people worldwide about their attitude towards love and relationships. The Normal Bar is the brainchild of entrepreneur Chrisanna Northrupp.
Using data collected from their online survey, the book aims to dispel the myths surrounding relationships, shed light on what a real 21st century relationship entails and helps make your relationship more satisfying. The survey, contains 1,300 questions and touches on everything including, right from the most attractive physical features to personality traits a prospective partner looks for. Other interesting figures from the survey included the finding that only 74 per cent of people are happy in their relationship and 66 per cent of those questioned believe their partner is their soulmate.
While only 15 per cent of those asked admitted to having had an affair, the number confessing to being unfaithful shot up dramatically when the question was phrased as ‘sex outside your current relationship’. A third of men and 19 per cent of women said they had indulged in extra-marital relations. The book goes on to explain that for many, the secret to a happy relationship includes having regular date nights, using pet names, holding hands, passionate kissing, back rubs and frequently saying ‘I love you’. But the most important factor, that almost everyone surveyed agreed on, was communication.