What We Learned About Love In 2017, According To Science

Andrew Zaeh for Bustle

As this year winds down and we prepare for the new year, it's the perfect time to reflect on our love lives in 2017, and also to think about what we want in our relationships in the coming year. Thanks to some eye-opening studies and surveys, we learned a lot about love and relationships in 2017, and — unlike almost everything else this year — it's actually mostly good news. Even if your romantic life didn't play out exactly the way you'd hoped this year, the one silver lining is that you still have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about finding love in 2018.

"Younger people tend to see relationships and dating in much more positive and idealistic terms," Jonathan Bennett, dating and relationship coach and owner of The Popular Man, tells Bustle. "However, older people, who might have endured years of dating frustrations or dysfunctional relationships, have a lot more cynicism (or according to them realism) about the whole process."

Although it seems like all we hear is how us young people are addicted to our dating apps, don't know how to make real connections, and have a phobia of commitment, all those stereotypes couldn't be further from the truth. Here are nine things we learned about love and relationships in 2017 that prove we're all really just a bunch of big softies looking for love.