Studies show that women take longer to fall in love than men
Love is a complex emotion that can be difficult to understand. Some people experience it at first sight, while others take much longer to have feelings. However, researchers have conducted studies and gathered statistics that shed light on the average time frame for falling in love.
Love develops in the brain
Scientists decided to find out where love develops. Their conclusion was that it does not happen in the heart, but in your brain.
Basically, a part of the brain activates and sends impulses to your heart. Then, you feel the so-called 'symptoms'.
Love affects 12 areas of the brain
Falling in love is a magical experience, but did you know that there is actually a science behind it? When a person falls in love, 12 different areas of the brain start working together and release chemicals that cause euphoria such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopressin. These chemicals create a feeling of pleasure and reward, making love a truly intense experience.
In addition to affecting the pleasure centers, love also has an effect on the intellectual areas of the brain. This may explain why failed relationships can cause depression and severe emotional stress. When love doesn't work, it can be experienced as a personal failure, leading to feelings of low self-esteem and even identity crises.
Interestingly, researchers have found that it only takes a fifth of a second for the brain to determine whether it has met the right person. This is when you start falling in love, and it's all thanks to the release of those euphoria-inducing chemicals.
Women need more time to really love
It can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 4 months to really fall in love with someone. For women, it may take longer.
Another study says that men tend to say 'I love you' in 108 days, while for women, it's an average of 123 days.
And it is not an easy process.
Love affects our physical health, cognitive function, and even our decision-making processes.