I love you…but only on date 14: New survey reveals when most couples reach dating milestones
First kiss after two dates; sex after four
16:52 GMT, 15 August 2012
You may believe in love at first sight.
Or you might be someone for whom love takes time and patience.
But the average time for telling your partner you love them is after 14 dates, according to a new survey.
Most couples say 'I love you' after an average of 14 dates
Participants in the new study revealed the average number of dates per week with a new partner was two, meaning that couples tend to first say 'I love you' seven weeks into a new relationship.
First kisses tend to take place two dates or one week into the dating process, and the first time a couple has sex is, on average, after four dates or two weeks.
The research also showed that most partners are introduced to friends for the first time after six dates or three weeks, and that people are most likely to introduce their new boy or girlfriend to their parents after 12 dates or six weeks.
And if things go well, dating couples move in with each other, on average, after 30 weeks or 60 dates.
Couples tend to share their first kiss after two dates
The study was carried out by dating website seekingarrangement.com who polled their 100,000 British members to find the average time for a whole series of 'firsts' in a new relationship.
Sex tends to come around the fourth date mark
One of the website's members, 22-year-old student Liya Step, said: 'Obviously all relationships are different but these “first” time figures look right for me and my girlfriends.
'None of us is going to jump into bed with a guy the first night we meet him. We may not even be ready to kiss him by then.
'But you can get to know a man fairly well after four dates. You know if you trust him and if you want to do something as intimate as having sex.
'Once you are confident that you have real chemistry, it is great to introduce him to your friends.
'You don’t want to do this too early because your pals can, on occasion, feel threatened by a new boyfriend and fear that he is going to take their place in your affections.
'So it is always good to wait until you know you really like guy before introducing him to your pals.
'I make it a rule that my parents only meet guys who I am deadly serious about – so that is going to take even longer.'
Most people introduce their partner to their parents after dating for six weeks
Seekingarrangement founder Brandon Wade said: 'When to say the “L” is one of the great dating dilemmas.
'The one hard and fast rule I urge all members to stick to is never to use it on the first date! That is sure to spook a new partner.”
If things go well, most couples move in together after 60 dates or 30 weeks