Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

When is too soon to say "I love you?"

love island.jpg

The best phrases in life consist of three words. ‘Hold my hand.’ ‘Where are they?’ ‘Help me please.’ ‘Gird your loins’ – the list goeth on.

Yet in spite of all of the three word brilliance that makes our lives whole, we still exalt the phrase ‘I love you’ higher than any other.

Detonated at the right time, exchanging those three little words can change your life. But when they are uttered at the speed of light (generally under the influence of copious amount of gin) they can see all of our romantic dreams frittered away as carelessly as a refuse bag on bin collection day.

Yet in spite of the evident dangers, it appears that several contestants on Love Island have been willing to take that risk pretty darn early.

Two of the love birds on Love Island

Two of the love birds on Love Island

Whether it’s Gabby and Marcel, or Kem and Amber, these loving louts are having a whale of a time declaring their feelings – heaven forbid – BEFORE they’ve even committed to a relationship.

That’s when experts in capturing the mood of the nation YouGov stepped in, and decided to ask you, the general public, the million pound question: when did you tell your partner that you loved them?


Read more: "I tell her I love her ten times a day": couples together for over 50 years share the secrets of a lasting romance


Although there’s no definitive winner, the results are quite something. It appears that 3% of the 3947 people polled told their partner that they loved them within just a week of meeting them, with a further 13% declaring their true heart’s desires within a month.

The second-largest response saw 22% of pollsters say that they told their partner within three months, with another 14% playing it safe and waiting six months before telling them.

3% of those polled had said I love you to a partner within a week

3% of those polled had said I love you to a partner within a week

But the highest scorer of the bunch was a striking 27% who said that they didn’t know when they told their partner.

Romantic bunch, aren’t we?

But it doesn’t stop there. Another 6% said that they waited a year to pronounce their love, with another 2% waiting a whopping two years.


Read more: “Love Island just exposed our misconceptions about anxiety and insecurity”


And although 3% of the sample might have dived head first into the declaration, another 3% said that they’d never told a romantic partner that they loved them.

And for the 7% who said that they had not yet experienced love, as Britain’s favourite trashy TV show indicates, it might be for the best.

Photos: Rex Features/iStock

Related

rexfeatures_5884983f.jpg

This writer has nailed everything that’s wrong with The Friend Zone

love island camilla.jpg

People are furious with Love Island, for an unexpected reason

Ryan reynolds.jpg

Ryan Reynolds sweetly colludes with teen girl who was dumped

More

The best possible gifts for when flowers aren’t going to cut it

17 unusual and thoughtful gifts for when the s**t hits the fan

by Amy Swales
22 Sep 2017

This Battle of the Sexes legend wants you to STOP asking about McEnroe

“I would like to see John McEnroe win a Grand Slam tournament while pregnant”

by Susan Devaney
22 Sep 2017

“The real reason we should all be upset about Uber”

Grow up: your bank balance really isn’t what’s at stake here

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Sep 2017

There's a huge sherbet fountain coming to London - and it's free

Bompas & Parr are planning a weird, wonderful and nostalgia-filled event

by Helen Brown
22 Sep 2017

Rick and Morty creator responds to sexist trolling of female writers

The show hired four women. Cue cries of “Worst. Episodes. Evah.”

by Amy Swales
22 Sep 2017

Everything you need to know about Uber being banned in London

The taxi firm has had its license revoked by TfL

by Moya Crockett
22 Sep 2017

The new Baileys flavour you’ll want to drink well beyond Halloween

Perfect autumn cocktails ahead

by Amy Swales
22 Sep 2017

This unexpected town has been voted the best place to work in the UK

We didn’t see this one coming

by Moya Crockett
22 Sep 2017

Harry Potter fans, this epic Hogwarts goblet is actually magical

It's perfect for Butterbeer (or prosecco)

by Megan Murray
22 Sep 2017

The hidden meanings behind the nation’s most popular baby names

Prepare for lots of girls’ names ending in ‘a’

by Moya Crockett
22 Sep 2017