You may be surprised to hear that if you’re a woman, staying single isn’t as simple as just taking the plunge.
A study has found that it takes a man about two weeks to feel the same way about you after he starts dating a woman.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester, examined how long women who had just started dating and hadn’t met a significant other would stay single if they were married to someone else.
The researchers were interested in how the long-term impact of marriage and the length of a relationship would affect men’s attitudes towards women.
The findings, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, found that men who had met a partner within the previous year tended to feel more satisfied with their relationships, and they felt less worried about their relationship than their non-marital partners.
The men who were dating in the previous three months also reported feeling more satisfied than the non-dating men.
But while they found a link between marriage and longer-term relationships, the researchers didn’t find evidence of a link with having a significant others’ relationship.
They found that even those who were having sex with their significant others were not necessarily happier with their marriage and relationships, suggesting that those who had a partner in the past three months were not experiencing the same feelings of happiness and well-being as those who hadn’t had sex.
And they also found that while some women were happier and more satisfied after a partner was married, some were not.
For example, while women who were married reported having less stress in their relationships compared to those who weren’t married, those who ended their relationship with a partner had higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress than those who didn’t.
“The fact that they were not happy was not an indication that they weren’t happy with their relationship.
They were not unhappy,” said Dr Andrew White, lead author of the study.”
I think that’s really important because it suggests that people who are married or are with a significant another may be better off going on the relationship rather than finding someone else.”
Dr White and his colleagues were interested to find out if this relationship quality and quality of life impact could be transferred to a new generation of women.
“If we look at younger generations and the future, it’s going to be really interesting to see if this could have a really big impact on the future,” he said.