by Gena Kaufman, Glamour
To me, August means lazy days and sweat in places I wasn't aware a body could sweat. But apparently, it's also the month we observe Romance Awareness Month. Who knew? Let's celebrate…
Romantic social network Zoosk surveyed 2,300 Americans in honor of this special month to get their take on modern romance. According to Zoosk, while the single life sounds glamorous, couples have more romance. Thanks Zoosk. I think we can assume from my chipped toenail polish and the leftover calzone I reheated for dinner last night that I'm not exactly in the "glam" single gal category. And I don't need to be told I have no romance. Hmmph.
OK, OK, that's not Zoosk's fault. And I love romance, even if I'm only getting it from books these days. Want to know what they found about the world of love?
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Couples are winning at romance.
When it comes to loving, 71% of couples claim their significant other is romantic, but only 41% of singles say the same about their "other." I'm a little confused about this since by nature, you don't have an "other" if you're single, but I will take this to mean singles don't get enough romance from their friends with benefits, maybe he is but maybe he isn't (but definitely isn't) boyfriends, platonic life partners, or imaginary relationships with Jon Hamm. Whatever a single person's "other" situation might be, singles are less romantically satisfied: 59% of couples are satisfied with the amount of romance in their lives, while a mere 20% of singles say the same.
Couples and singles have different romantic priorities. People find different gestures more romantic depending on their relationship status: 41% of couples prefer a hug and a kiss, while 44% of singles are more into a candlelit dinner. Unsurprisingly, no one really thinks taking out the garbage without being asked is romantic. OK, 2% of people do and they have a really low bar for romance.
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We all agree on the importance of being romantic.
Among all those polled, 78% consider romance in a relationship to be "very important."
The most romantic days of the year are…
Anniversaries (42%), summer vacations (34%) and Valentine's Day (24%). There's still time to take a last minutes summer getaway, romance seekers.
Feel free to take Romance Awareness Month as an excuse to be extra ooey-gooey for the rest of summer, lovebirds!
Do you agree that anniversaries are the most romantic day? What do you find to be the most romantic gesture? Are you inspired to be more aware of romance this month?
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by Gena Kaufman, Glamour