One of the best parts of being in a relationship is getting to experience the whirlwind of emotions that come with falling in love. There's nothing else like it. It's those moments, especially in the beginning, when you're completely crazy about someone. The tiniest things make you smile and just being around them makes you ridiculously happy. But most importantly, the more you get to know them and integrate them into your day-to-day routine, the more you realize you don't ever want to see them go. At least, that's just my general experience with it. So how do singles know they're falling in love in 2017?
Match just released their seventh annual Singles in America survey, which delved deep into the dating habits of over 5,000 singles ages 18-70+ across the United States. From new dating rituals to feminism and its affects on the dating scene today, the Match survey has pretty much everything you need to know about single's attitudes on love, sex, and relationships, and especially how technology has affected it all.
When it comes to falling in love, there are many tell-tale signs you're probably already aware of like thinking about your partner all the time to finding their little quirks super endearing, but there's more. "Falling for a partner and falling in love with a partner are two different things," Dr. Jenn Mann, author of The Relationship Fix, tells Bustle. "The myth is that love is all about attraction, fun, and sex. But being in love is more complex and mature than all of that. Those things are only a small part of the big love picture."
According to Dr. Jenn, real love occurs when we get past the honeymoon stage which usually lasts between six to 18 months. But how do we know? Here are the ways singles know they're falling in love, according to Match's comprehensive survey: