Study: Single Men 33% More Likely than Women to Believe in "Love at First Sight"
DatingAdvice.com has published an exclusive study detailing the dating habits and sexual activity of the U.S. population.
A new study conducted by DatingAdvice.com found single men were 33 percent more likely than single women to believe they could fall in love with someone after just one look.
Across the board, the results show men were more optimistic about love at first sight than women, regardless of race, marital status, sexuality or age.
Asian males had the highest response, with four out of five answering in the affirmative compared to only one-third of Asian women.
Sixty-eight percent of married men believe in love at first sight, 12 percent higher than married women.
Nearly three out of four gay men said they believe in love at first sight, more than double the rate of lesbian respondents.
Clinical psychologist and DatingAdvice.com expert Dr. Wendy Walsh said the findings show men often put more emphasis on appearance than women when looking for a partner.
"This makes total sense as men are more visually wired than women and often make beauty a component of love. Women, on the other hand, have evolved to look for resource potential in a mate," she said.
The study also found that as men grow older, their belief in love at first sight gradually increases. About half of men aged 18 to 24 said they believed in love at first sight, but that number jumps to 72 percent for 35- to 44-year-old men and 70 percent for 45- to 54-year-old men.
Dr. Walsh suggested more men believe in love at first sight as they age because their focus becomes less about sexual pleasure and more about connecting emotionally and mentally with their partner.
"I think men rate 'love' more possible after the age of 45," she said. "Young men tend to be more sexually driven. After the age of 40, their testosterone begins to decline and their estrogen levels increase, making bonding more desired."
The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.
The Breakdown: Americans Who Believe in Love at First Sight
● Male: 61%
● Female: 53%
● Straight: 57%
● Gay: 63%
By marital status:
● Single, Never Married: 50%
● Married: 61%
● Divorced: 60%
● 18 to 24: 46%
● 25 to 34: 51%
● 35 to 44: 67%
● 45 to 54: 64%
● 54 to 64: 56%
● 65 and older: 56%
● White: 57%
● Hispanic: 64%
● Asian: 55%
● Under $25,000: 56%
● $25,000 to $49,999: 63%
● $50,000 to $74,999: 55%
● $75,000 to $99,999: 61%
● $100,000 to $124,999: 51%
● $125,000 or higher: 50%
● Northeast: 58%
● Midwest: 53%
● South: 57%
● West: 58%
Dr. Wendy Walsh holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is the author of "The 30-Day Love Detox." (April 2013). In addition to publishing its own studies, DatingAdvice.com aggregates other reputable dating and relationship research daily in the site's Dating Studies section. Follow the studies feed via email,Twitter or RSS to stay informed of the latest research.