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Ten myths about men and dating debunked

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The final myth says that when a love affair ends, cold and heartless men spend a couple of days in a bit of a bad mood and by the weekend are back on the pull. Women, on the other hand, spend months tearing their hair out and analysing what went wrong.In fact, a US study found that, when a relationship is in trouble, men are more badly affected than women. Men also dealt with rocky love lives in a more damaging way, turning to booze for back-up while jilted women turned to friends.Part of that might be that women see the end coming before men do. Research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that women adjust better to the end of a relationship because they've already thought about the possibility, whereas men are typically unprepared for it.So are you a cold, unromantic man who is in a relationship largely for the sex and would much rather be out swilling beer with the boys than staying in with your partner? If so it seems that you might be in the minority.More on Him: when men fight ferocious animals

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Ten myths about men and dating debunkedMen are cold and unromantic? Nonsense. Let’s put that and ten similar myths straight to bed... Men are cold and unromantic? Nonsense. Let’s put that and ten similar myths straight to bed... Hugh Wilson2013-04-29T13:00:002013-06-27T11:15:00 trueWe debunk 10 myths about men and datingAre men more romantic than women? Popular opinion would suggest not, but a new survey says that, in fact, men are way ahead when it comes to one area of romance.The online survey quizzed around 100,000 people and found that while 48% of men have fallen in love at first sight, a mere 28% of women could say the same.It’s not the first time popular ideas about men and romance have been wrong. Here are 10 myths about men and dating - well and truly debunked.topWe debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)We debunk 10 myths about men and dating - 1(©Assembly-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated onIt’s popularly believed that men are the cheaters in relationships and women the cheated on. Men don't cheat alone, so it’s commonly thought that a few women cheat a lot, but that far more men have been unfaithful at least once or twice.Most figures don’t back that up. One recent study found that, while more men than women admitted to cheating, the gap was less than 5% (20% of men admitted cheating, compared with 16% of women).There’s also evidence to suggest that women are better at not getting caught, meaning unfaithful women may have longer affairs than unfaithful men.On Bing: is she cheating on you?topMyth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth one - men cheat, women are cheated on - 2(©101dalmatians-Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppersStudies suggest that, in relationships and while dating, men might lie a little more than women. We lie about how many partners we’ve had in the past, what our long-term intentions are, and how long ago we broke up with a previous partner, among many other things.But figures suggest that between eight and 15% of children have not been fathered by the man who thinks he is the biological parent.So we might lie more, but it’s hard to imagine that our lies are worse.On Bing: why do we lie?topMyth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth two - men tell great big whoppers - 3(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romanticA wealth of research now exists to debunk this myth. The study mentioned at the start only confirms an earlier poll by match.com, which found that 54% of men had felt love at first sight, compared to 44% of women.On Bing: is love at first sight real?topMyth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth three - men are cold, women romantic - 4(©Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastestA study by Pennsylvania State University in the US found that most people thought of women as the hopeless romantics, and men as stand-offish and emotionally cold. The same study then went on to debunk the stereotype completely.It found that three times as many men as women said 'I love you' first to their partners. That’s right, the three little words that mean so much are much more likely to come out of a man’s mouth first than his girlfriend’s.On Bing: more on the mystery of lovetopMyth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth four - women fall in love fastest - 5(©Justin Case-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastestErm, no they don’t. The Penn State survey mentioned earlier also found that men were likely to start falling in love within weeks, while with women it took several months.Another study, by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also found that men start thinking about saying 'I love you' a good six weeks before women do.It seems the more loved-up gender - contrary to popular opinion -  is men.On Bing: how to be romantictopMyth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth five - but...but...seriously, women DO fall in love fastest - 6(©Cavan Images-Getty Images)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kidsOnce ensconced in a relationship, the common perception is that, when women start talking about having kids, men have to be dragged kicking and screaming into bed.But new research suggests that, in fact, men are just as broody as women, and sometimes more so. Research presented to the British Sociological Association recently found that men want to be fathers just as much as women want to be mothers.And according to an earlier survey of more than 5,000 people by match.com, over half of single men aged 21-35 want children, compared with 46% of women.On Bing: the best time to conceivetopMyth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth six - women are the ones pressing for kids - 7(©OJO Images-Rex Features)Myth seven - men need more spaceOK, so men might fall in love and want kids and all that, but when they’re in relationships they need a lot of space. They need endless nights out with the boys and a 'man cave' to retreat to. Women, on the other hand, crave constant cuddles and intimacy. Right?Wrong.A US study from 2011 found that, in fact, the opposite was true. The data showed that 77% of women say having their personal space is "very important," against 58% for men; 78% of women say the same about having their own interests and hobbies (64% for men). And 35% of women (compared to 23% of men) say regular nights out with friends are important.The study’s authors concluded that men and women are increasingly reading each other’s script. Compared to previous generations men want more intimacy and women more independence.On Bing: what's a man cave?topMyth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth seven - men need more space - 8(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex madYoung and single men might be obsessed with sex, but that might be because they’re not getting much.In relationships, the story may be different. According to a poll of nearly 2,000 men in long-term relationships by online pharmacy ukmedix.com, men are more likely than women to turn down sex. Over 60% of the men surveyed said they turned down sex more frequently than their female partner. And for over 40% of the men, sex once a fortnight was fine.On Bing: what is erectile dysfunction?topMyth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth eight - men are sex mad - 9(©Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the timeYou’ve probably heard the statistic that men think about sex every three seconds. Or was that seven seconds? Or was it every two minutes?We forget the actual figure, because each time you hear it in the pub it’s different. It’s also a myth.A study published in 2011 did find that men think about sex more than women, but only roughly 19 times a day. So that’s one sex thought every hour and a bit.And the study found something else besides. Men think about food as much as sex, and sleep nearly as much. So men think about their physical needs a lot, and more than women do, but we don’t think about sex anywhere near as much as previously claimed.On Bing: how to have more sextopMyth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth nine - men think about sex all the time - 10(©B2M Productions-Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move onThe final myth says that when a love affair ends, cold and heartless men spend a couple of days in a bit of a bad mood and by the weekend are back on the pull. Women, on the other hand, spend months tearing their hair out and analysing what went wrong.In fact, a US study found that, when a relationship is in trouble, men are more badly affected than women. Men also dealt with rocky love lives in a more damaging way, turning to booze for back-up while jilted women turned to friends.Part of that might be that women see the end coming before men do. Research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that women adjust better to the end of a relationship because they've already thought about the possibility, whereas men are typically unprepared for it.So are you a cold, unromantic man who is in a relationship largely for the sex and would much rather be out swilling beer with the boys than staying in with your partner? If so it seems that you might be in the minority.More on Him: when men fight ferocious animalstopMyth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)Myth 10 - men break up and move on - 11(©Getty Images)

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