How many dates should it take before asking to be a girlfriend/boyfriend?
There are lots of beautiful people in every corner, the problem is and has always been finding a perfect match.
In this era of technology, hookup apps and swiping for partners, dating has become incredibly difficult and complicated.
It’s difficult to tell who the other person really is, what they are thinking, and even harder to know when the right time is to take the plunge and have ‘the conversation’ about becoming exclusive.
Fortunately for us, a new study has perfectly worked out all the complicated stuff.
Results derived from a poll of 2,000 people shows that the average Brit needs to go on nine successful dates with someone before they feel ready to take it to the next level.
The study found in addition that if we really want to amplify our chances of falling in love, most out of the nine dates should be dinner dates. Dinner dates are believed to cause people to feel more romantically connected to their partner.
Cooling off with drinks and a trip to the cinema was also found to be popular date night activities in the poll.
A quarter of the participants on the Avant Homes study said they have experienced love at first sight, while more than one in ten thought it should take at least a month for love to blossom.
But while it takes nine dinner dates to make the important decision of taking a relationship to the exclusive level, it only takes four visits for an average homeowner to commit to buying a new house — and researchers found this rather perplexing.
A third of the people surveyed also admitted to falling head over heels in love the first time they step through the front door.
“Love can be a mysterious thing and finding out how you really feel can take time to uncover.” Says Julia Pitt, who commissioned the study into the speed of commitments.
“It seems, however, that working out whether the bricks and mortar of a new home are right for us is easier than understanding if we are compatible with another human being.
“Our research has shown that, when it comes to our homes, how we feel in our hearts often takes precedence over rational thought, letting our emotions lead the way when we step through the door,” he said.