When it comes to relationships, North Americans fall in love more slowly than Europeans. That’s the upshot of a new survey that shows that 90 percent of Lithuanians say they fell in love within a month of meeting their significant other. And almost half of them fell in love within a matter of days. On the flip side, most North Americans said it took up to a year for them to fall in love.
Another difference? North Americans said that the key to romantic love is friendship. They also believe that romance requires togetherness and happiness – and that it should last a lifetime.
On the flip side, the survey found that Russians and Lithuanians viewed romance as fleeting and insignificant, more of a “stage,” than reality. And even though they used 500 different words to describe romance – not one of them was “friendship.”