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Elephants Do It Better: Surprising Stats About Dating

There are certain things about men, women, and dating that we believe to be fact. While men think about sex on the regular, women endlessly talk about their feelings. While many men fear commitment, women want to walk down the aisle ASAP. These are stereotypes, of course, encouraged by "Cosmo" and "Sex and the City," but what if we were to tell you that most of what you thought to be true is myth? According to recent studies by Match.com and eHarmony, the truth about relationships is far from what you'd expect. In honor of Valentine's Day, we've rounded up some of the most shocking stats about singles. Click on to have your romantic notions turned upside down!
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    Single conservative Republicans are more likely to achieve orgasm during sex (53 percent) than individuals of any other political party, while liberal Democrats were the least likely (40 percent).


    Source: Match.com

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    Gifts are for amateurs. Try creating the ultimate experience for your sweetie.


    Source: eHarmony.com

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    Love at first sight—it could happen.


    Source: Match.com

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    A smaller percentage of singles (11 percent) said they “must have” a partner from the same ethnic or religious background or who can give them marriage and children (23 percent and 26 percent, respectively). Instead, more singles are seeking someone whom they feel they can trust and confide in (93 percent).


    Source: Match.com

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    Men are more likely to lay on the PDA.


    Source: Match.com

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    Ladies like a man that plans ahead. Make a reservation this year to surprise your love.


    Source: eHarmony.com

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    Men are significantly more likely than women to be willing to make a commitment to someone who has everything they are looking for in a partner, but whom they do not find sexually attractive.


    Source: Match.com

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    Could you say "Be Mine" on your first date? 70 percent say they wouldn't mind.


    Source: eHarmony.com

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    Democrats are more likely to search for someone with a sense of humor, similar lifestyle to their own, sense of independence, and someone whom they consider to be their equal. Republicans really are conservative when it comes to choosing a partner—they’re searching for someone with the same background and political party as their own who's interested in marriage.


    Source: Match.com

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    If your date owns an Android, you may just be getting lucky.


    Source: Match.com

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    While ladies may wait to commit, men are eager to take things to the next level.


    Source: Match.com

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    Close to half (45 percent) of all men are turned off by a woman who “doesn’t care about her career.”


    Source: Match.com

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    They've always said men are more visual, haven't they?


    Source: Tobii Technology

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    Half of singles surveyed don’t feel any pressure associated with Valentine’s Day at all.


    Source: eHarmony.com

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    Loneliness equals stress, so if you've been feeling alone, it may be time to match up.


    Source: Match.com

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    Fidelity is regarded as a more important quality in the U.S. president than in a partner. 62 percent of men and 80 percent of women say sexual fidelity in a relationship is a “must-have.” But, almost nine out of 10 respondents believe there are “no acceptable excuses” for infidelity in a political candidate (87 percent of men and 91 percent of women).


    Source: Match.com

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    It seems that you can move out of the friend zone after all.


    Source: Match.com

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    While economy concerns rank as the number-one source of stress in singles’ lives, 60 percent say that it has not changed their dating habits. And, over 40 percent of those surveyed would date someone who was unemployed if they were already interested in that person.


    Source: Match.com

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