Relationship expert busts the biggest myths about romance – and says roses are NOT the best flowers to choose for women and ‘men prefer sex to gifts’
- Dating expert Louanne Ward discussed misconceptions about Valentine’s Day
- She said it’s simply not true that men are less romantic than women
- Statistically couples who have been struggling will break up before the big day
- Men prefer sex to gifts while women care more about thought than extravagance
- Red roses are not always the best choice, with many preferring tulips and lilies
A relationship expert has debunked popular myths about romance as couples prepare to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day.
Perth dating coach Louanne Ward clarified common misconceptions about the holiday, quashing the beliefs that men are naturally less romantic than women and red roses are the best choice of flowers for a significant other.
Her research reveals men prefer sex to gifts, while women value thought and sentiment over extravagance when it comes to presents – so long as it’s not in the form of fluffy handcuffs, alcohol or tacky lingerie.
Dinner – either home cooked or at a restaurant – flowers, chocolates, small gestures, words of appreciation and an evening of lovemaking are the universally preferred Valentine’s gifts for both sexes, Ms Ward told Daily Mail Australia.
Perth dating coach Louanne Ward (pictured) clarified common misconceptions about Valentine’s Day
1. MEN ARE LESS ROMANTIC THAN WOMEN – FALSE
According to leading anthropologist Dr Helen Fisher, men are more likely to fall in love at first sight because their brains and hormonal systems give them more visual romantic tendencies than women.
A study published in the Australian Journal of Personality and Psychology also found men are more inclined to say ‘I love you’ first, and to experience a greater rush of serotonin – the happiness hormone – when the words are reciprocated.
2. OLDER PEOPLE ARE MORE ROMANTIC THAN YOUNGER – FALSE
Data from statistics analysis site Finder revealed couples are less likely to celebrate Valentine’s Day the older they get.
Almost half of Generation Y will splash cash on their loved one, while an overwhelming eighty percent of ‘boomers’ skip the occasion altogether.
Men are more likely to fall in love at first sight because their brains and hormonal systems give them more visual romantic tendencies than women (stock image)
3. COUPLES BREAK UP BEFORE VALENTINE’S DAY – TRUE
Couples who have been ‘on the rocks’ over the past few months are highly likely to call it quits before Valentine’s Day, Ms Ward reveals.
A survey of 2,000 adults from Illicit Encounters, an adulterous UK dating site, identified February 12 – two days before Valentine’s Day – as the world’s most popular day to break up.
4. MEN PREFER SEX TO GIFTS – TRUE
A resounding 90 percent of men surveyed by Illicit Encounters said sex was their number one wish for Valentine’s Day.
‘I think it’s safe to say this would apply to just about every special occasion!’ Ms Ward said.
Teddy bears, underwear and ties are the least favoured Valentine’s gifts among men.
Seven tips for singles on ‘V’ Day
1. Lay off the dating apps, desperate dating isn’t attractive. It’s too easy to get caught up in the hype and on a date for valentine’s day just so you fit in, rather than because you actually like the person and all you’ll attract is someone just as desperate as you.
2. Stay off social media, you’ll only see what people want you to see.
3. Write a card for a friend or send a message to a friend telling them what you appreciate about them, you can’t control what you get but you can control what you give.
4. Don’t share your poor me attitude your words become reality.
5. Stop comparing your life to others, you are where you are, get grateful.
6. Focus your attention on a new goal, something you can control.
7. Feb 15 is National pet adoption day – think about getting unconditional love every day of the year!
Source: Louanne Ward
A resounding 90 percent of men said sex was their number one wish for Valentine’s Day (stock image)
5. WOMEN LOVE EXPENSIVE PRESENTS – FALSE
Women love their partner to remember the little things, meaning expense takes a backseat to thoughtfulness when it comes to Valentine’s Day.
‘Something personal that is exclusive to her will mean more,’ Ms Ward advised.
Fluffy handcuffs, alcohol and tacky lingerie are women’s least desired Valentine’s gifts.
6. RED ROSES ARE THE MOST ROMANTIC FLOWERS – FALSE
While red roses are a classic, they’re not every woman’s first choice.
‘When it comes to giving a woman flowers going with the safe choice isn’t always the best choice,’ Ms Ward said.
‘Showing you’ve put in the effort and you’ve given her something unique will stand out more than following the pack.’
A significant number of Australian women prefer tulips, lilies and peonies to roses.