The first months of a relationship are a sensitive period of time and can sometimes feel like a weird box-ticking checklist.
Sadly, there is no known shortcut for easily navigating through these waters.
In some relationships, people start saying things like ‘I love you’ within just a few weeks, while others will refrain from saying such big words for months and months to come. Each relationship is different, and what may work for some may seem wrong to others.
A recent study has taken a deeper look into those early stages, measuring the average period of time it takes for a fresh couple to reach various important and at times awkward spots.
From Mars surveyed 2000 people about the time it takes for them to reach different dating milestones, including toilet chats, borrowing clothes and sharing web accounts.
As per the study, it takes women up to seven months to do No2 in their partner’s toilet. Men seem to be a bit quicker in this regard, feeling at ease with doing this after about five months.
Also, women feel alright with farting in front of their men after nine months, while it takes dudes about eight months.
Both sexes will on average need about seven months to be willing to talk about their sexual history.
In what some people may see as good news, men will get comfortable faster when it comes to talking about periods, taking only six months compared to seven months specified by their female counterparts. This finding seems to confront the idea that men naturally tend to avoid such matters more than women.
Unfortunately, the study suggests that women are much more self-conscious about fully letting loose; taking up to eight months to feel at ease with being naked in front of their partner, in comparison to the five months reported by men.
It seems to take significant amounts of time for both genders to fully be able to relax around their partners. Females consider 12 months to be a good time to stop being overly-obsessive about grooming themselves for their men, in comparison to males, who see nine months as a good point for this.
One finding comes as quite a surprise, however.
It seems to take a considerably short amount of time for men to share their meals with their partners – about four months to be precise.
In this regard, women come off as a bit stingier, stating five months to be a reasonable time to start being more giving when it comes to food.
Whatever your opinion on this particular subject, science may have proven that sharing food is a healthy thing to do, especially if you’re looking to show affection and bond with someone.
A study done by Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences has found that sharing food with another person works as a trigger to release oxytocin, a hormone often associated with the bonding process between mother and child.
The hormone can be present in relationships as well as strong friendships.
Needless to say, every couple has their own standards and if you happen to be one of the people who have no problem with taking off your pants in a fully-lit room on the first date – then good for you.
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