Love is in the air! In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are a dozen long-stemmed facts about love, marriage, dating and relationships.
SOMEONE’S WATCHING: Men are on their best behavior when attractive ladies are close by; when observed by the opposite sex, they are found to do significantly more good deeds. Women will do the same number of good deeds, regardless of who is observing. (Source: Science Daily) Tweet this!
GOING THE DISTANCE: Couples in which both people were willing to make sacrifices for the sake of the marriage are more effective at solving their problems and are significantly more likely to have lasting and happy marriages. (Source: UCLA) Tweet this!
SMILE WHEN YOU SAY THAT: The “big three” criteria by which singles judge a date are grammar (83%), confidence (78%) and teeth (76%). (Source: Match.com) Tweet this!
LOVE CONNECTION: 17% of marriages in the last year began on an online dating site. (Source: StatisticBrain) Tweet this!
FLOWER POWER: 244 million roses are grown just for Valentine’s Day. That should come as no surprise, as 51% of people buy red roses for Valentine’s Day. Of the 51%, 64% are men and 36% are women. (Source: Latin Times) Tweet this!
A LOVE STORY: A new study finds that watching and discussing movies about relationships is as effective in lowering divorce rates (from 24% to 11% after 3 years) as other, more intensive early marriage counseling programs. (Source: University of Rochester) Tweet this!
HE/SHE HAS A GREAT PERSONALITY: 30% of people find personality is the most important quality on a first date. Other top qualities – smile and looks (23%), sense of humor (14%) and career/education (10%). (Source: StatisticBrain) Tweet this!
MATING FOR LIFE: 89% of singles believe you can stay married to the same person forever. (Source: Match.com) Tweet this!
HEARTS AND FLOWERS…AND DOG TREATS: $18.6 billion are estimated to be spent on Valentine’s Day — $1.6 billion on candy, $1.9 billion on flowers and $4.4 billion on diamonds, gold and silver. The average amount pet owners spend on their pets? $4.52. (Source: CNN) Tweet this!
LAW OF ATTRACTION: Men are more likely than women — 48% to 28% — to fall in love at first sight. (Source: Reader’s Digest) Tweet this!
WORKPLACE ROMANCE: 39% of workers said in a new survey that they had dated a co-worker at least once during their working lives. 30% said their office romances wound up leading to marriage. (Source: CareerBuilder.com) Tweet this!
WHEN WAS THAT PICTURE TAKEN? On their dating profiles, men are most likely to lie about their age, height and income. Women are most likely to lie about their weight, physical build and age. (Source: Statistic Brain) Tweet this!
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