Togetherness is better than gifts to show your love

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Women believe men fib about the following: their age (48 percent), weight (64 percent), waist size (55 percent), and whether they color their hair (68 percent).


Men see themselves as more honest and less vain than women perceive them; 70 percent of men claimed to lie about none of the above.



DALLAS – Togetherness tops the list of how to show a loved one you care. More than 50 percent of adults say time together with loved ones is the best way to show you care.

Time fared better than showing affection or buying expensive gifts like jewelry, clothes and electronics – according to an American Heart Association poll.

Four out of 10 people polled said they preferred to celebrate Valentine’s day with dinner at a restaurant; nearly 30 percent felt a vacation or getaway was the most romantic – with less than 10 percent interested in dancing or any other activity (bowling, skiing, etc.).

Heart of the matter. Despite what men and women think they know about each other in the romance department, another survey reveals the two genders don’t know their desires as well as they think.

In fact, men may deserve more credit than women give them.

The survey, of 1,000 men and women, reveals some humorous misunderstandings and begs the question: Are male stereotypes perpetuated by men’s behavior, or by women’s expectations of bad behavior?

Three-fourths of the men polled, 73 percent, said they would prefer a romantic evening at home to a night of carousing with friends. But over half the women, 53 percent, believed men would rather hang out with other guys.

Other stereotypes. Women are significantly less likely than men to believe that men would stop and ask for directions when lost. But 46 percent of men say they would pull over and ask, six times the number women predicted.

When it comes to making small sacrifices, men still rue the idea; only 19 percent of married men would attend a sentimental movie, a.k.a. “chick flicks,” with their spouse. Single men fared only slightly better, with 30 percent electing to go.

As for trusting men, women remain ambivalent and in some instances have grave doubts. Eight of 10 women do not trust the stories men tell explaining where they have been, while 21 percent of men admit telling tall tales.

Most of the women polled, 94 percent, believe men rush at the last minute to buy anniversary and birthday gifts. Men claim they make the last-minute rush 57 percent of the time for anniversary gifts and 64 percent of the time for birthday gifts.

Agree to disagree. More than two out of every three men surveyed insisted they never ogle other women in front of their girlfriends or wives, yet nearly the same number of women (62 percent) said men have “checked out the competition” in front of them.

On the lighter side, women also believe men fib about the following: their age (48 percent), weight (64 percent), waist size (55 percent) and whether they color their hair (68 percent).

Men see themselves as more honest and less vain than women perceive them to be, as 70 percent of men claimed to lie about none of the above, while only 5 percent of women gave them as much credit.

Nearly 30 percent of women said that The Godfather is the favorite classic movie among males – the exact same percentage of men who named that movie as their favorite.

Pretty woman. According to the survey, when asked what celebrity they would most like to date, the majority of men chose Julia Roberts as their fantasy valentine. Thirty-six percent of women were able to guess Julia Roberts as the celebrity men would most want to date. Jennifer Lopez (19 percent) ranked second overall but was more popular with younger men.

In sync. Men and women do agree on some things. Both say that men are unlikely to consider dating a taller woman (46 percent and 32 percent respectively). Men (36 percent) and women (37 percent) alike describe themselves as a “guy’s guy.” Married men were 11 percent more likely than single men to prefer an intimate night of romance.

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