On a recent episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk Radio, biological anthropologist Helen Fisher made a somewhat surprising claim: “Men are more romantic.” Her reasoning? “They fall in love faster because they’re so visual. They fall in love more regularly. They want more public displays of affection.” And she has the science to back those claims up. Men have disproportionately better vision, thanks to hormones like testosterone, which evolved millions of years ago to increase the visual prowess of the male hunters, according to Fisher. Research involving transgender people transitioning to male become more visually attuned when they take testosterone, improving their visual skills and making them more aroused by visual stimuli. That is why men are more likely than women to “fall in love at first sight,” according to surveys. And it accounts for why men are more likely to be the first to say “I love you” in a relationship, and feel more happiness when hearing those words in a relationship for the first time. Women on the other hand, Fisher argues, aren’t evolutionary or biologically programmed to fall in love quickly, as it would make them more likely to end up with a sub-par mate or miss a better mating opportunity, making them waste time raising kids that wouldn’t survive to pass on their genes. You can listen to the entire discussion here.
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