The ’right’ time is to spend the night with your new squeeze
From your first date to that all-important first kiss, new relationships are marked by a series of milestones.
But if you’re wondering when the ’right’ time is to spend the night with your new squeeze, a new survey may answer that question once and for all.
The results from more than 2,000 men and women have mapped out the journey of your average long-term relationship, with everything from holding hands to having babies.
According to the research, saying ’I love you’ normally happens after five months of dating (144 days), whereas you’ll have to wait a total of six months before being given a drawer at your partner’s house.
It also takes us longer to hold hands with than to kiss a new partner, with 31 per cent claiming they would snog their date immediately, and 34 per cent revealing they would wait between one and two weeks to holds hands.
Meanwhile, more than a quarter (27 per cent) of Brits wait between one and two weeks to sleep with their partner, while 23 per cent wait one month. However, three fifths (60 per cent) would introduce their partner to their best friend within the first month.
Over a third (36 per cent) said that it would take one month or less for them to get dressed or undressed with the lights on.
The findings suggest saying ‘I love you’ happens on average at five months of dating (144 days), with British daters also seeing this as the perfect time to embark on a very modern dating milestone: updating their social media relationship status (157 days).
The study also sheds some light on that all-important six-month mark, suggesting that this is when three major relationship milestones take place: the revealing of one’s imperfections (173 days), the first argument (170 days) and when most parental introductions take place.
Once the crucial six-month milestone has passed, daters feel it’s safe to splash out on the relationship by spending the night away (seven months/ 204 days) or jetting off on holiday together (ten months/ 298 days).
Over a quarter (28 per cent) of people surveyed also said they would wait at least six months before leaving their toothbrush at their partner’s house, whilst 40 per cent said the same for being given a drawer at their partner’s house.
The study also revealed that a third of Brits (33 per cent) will have their first conversation about their long-term future within a year, whilst the big commitment milestones of engagement rings, wedded bliss and babies all come later.
The average couple is said to get engaged after two years (743 days), married after just over three (1,190 days) and has a family after almost four years of dating (1,422 days).
Finally, in terms of when people can expect to find love, the research found that 27 is the average age British daters meet their partners, with women more likely to meet them earlier in life at age 25 than men at 28. Half of daters meet their partner in their 20s.
’If your relationship isn’t falling within these time frames, use them to adjust your expectations.’