Why mostly males say it first I love you

Have you ever wondered why young men are almost always the first to tell a woman, 'I love you?' This is because they 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.

For their study, the researchers interviewed 171 heterosexual students under 25. A sizeable majority - 87% - said they believed women fell in love first while three-quarters said they left it to women to say 'I love you' first.

But, when asked about their own experiences, men said it took them a few weeks to realize 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 who analysed the survey.

Some 64% of men admitted they had said 'I love you' first, compared with just 18% of women, revealed the findings.

"This shows that women tend to be more cautious about love and the expression thereof than is commonly believed. It can be argued that men's falling in love and exclaiming this love first may be explained as a by-product of men equating love with sexual desire," the researchers concluded.

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