Study: Men say "I love you" before women do

From an evolutionary perspective in which men value the opportunity to reproduce and women value commitment to raise offspring, the findings make sense, the researchers wrote. Men may prefer a pre-sex confession because it comes with the promise of getting some action in the near future. Women, on the other hand, would prefer the post-sex confession because it means the sex comes with a commitment…

In fact, the researchers found after surveying about 100 undergraduates and 47 heterosexual couples of all ages, between 61 percent and 70 percent of people said the man had said “I love you” first in their past or current relationship. On average, men considered saying “I love you” 42 days before women did, suggesting that the difference was not just based on women waiting for men to make the first move.