Surprise: Men Really Do Fall in Love Faster Than Women

A recent study published in The Journal of Social Psychology suggests that men do fall faster than their female counterparts. This totally debunks the myth that women are the ones who *~fall so fast~* and spend all their time quoting songs about unrequited love.

 OK, the science: the study surveyed 172 college students. Unsurprisingly, both genders thought that women would fall in love before men did (thanks, society, for painting that picture.) But it turned out that the men actually fell first, and they said, “I love you” before women did.

 It’s important to note that the study only surveyed college students (so not full-blown adults quite yet), but men will be men and sperm will be sperm. To that end, study author Marissa Harrison suggested one possibility for why women didn’t fall as quickly as men did: “I think women unconsciously postpone love compared to men,” she told Broadly. “Women have a lot more to lose reproductively by committing to the wrong man. They are born with a finite number of eggs, yet men produce millions of sperm on a daily basis.”

 But there’s a possible flip side to this scenario. Though not explicitly covered in the aforementioned study, the fact that men are predisposed to want to procreate as much as possible might be a part of this. You know, the old cavemen, evolutionary science stuff you might have heard about in biology class.