Men are more likely to be the first to say ‘I love you’ to their partner, research has found. American scientists interviewed 171 students under 25 and found that young men are three times more likely to declare their feelings than their girlfriends.

Around 64 percent of males admitted they had said ‘I love you’ first, compared to just 18 percent of women, research at the Pennsylvania State University and published in the Journal of Social Psychology found.–DS