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What an age we live in, especially when it comes to finding a partner. It's now possible to cop off with someone at the touch of a button, while thanks to TV shows like First Dates we're more exposed than ever to dating dos and don'ts. But there are still a whole bunch of mysteries about actually being in a relationship.
Or there were, until now. Because now, online love retailer eHarmony have released the results of an expert survey that reveals what couples in Australia do at each stage of a relationship, from kissing to farting and beyond.
So, what's the score? Well, one in four share a kiss on the first date, but one in 10 wait over three weeks. The national average wait is a month.
It surprised us to learn people don't just rush into shagging each other, either. Most of them wait three months before getting beneath the sheets, although nine percent will sleep with someone the same day or within a week of meeting them.
No prizes, either, for guessing that men are more likely to jump into bed with someone they barely know than women are. One in four men would do that compared to one in 10 women.
Now for the really juicy stuff. The average person waits six months before farting in front of their partner, and seven before leaving a toothbrush at their house. We're not sure if there's some correlation between those two or not.
If you're under 24 however, you'll probably pass gas in front of your beloved within the first three months of a new relationship. Bonzer!
Speaking of beloveds, it takes the average person three months to say those three little words. And get this - men will say 'I love you' quicker than women on the whole. One in two will say it within the first three months, but only one in three women will do the same.
And when it comes to making the ultimate commitment, it takes, on average, 45 percent of people a year to get engaged, 51 percent a year to be married and 41 percent a year before trying for a baby.
Just 28 percent would move in together within six months or less, and 13 percent would get engaged in that same period of time. There's a 15 percent chance of them getting a pet within the first six months too. After all, you'll be needing something to argue about by that stage.
And when it all goes tits-up, it apparently takes two years on average to get over the ex and start dating someone else seriously. Well, there you go.
Words: Mischa Pearlman
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