'Previous research has shown that humans signal their romantic interest in several different ways, including non-verbal behaviours and body language.'

London - It’s men who are desperate to leap into bed with women after just one date, right?

Wrong, according to new research suggesting that the stereotype is now defunct, and these days things are in fact the other way around.

Women are now more comfortable having sex on a first date than men are, with almost half of men actually turned off when a woman wants to get intimate after going out only once, and only 39 percent of women feeling that way, according to UK dating website Parship.

“To see men considering the want for first-date intimacy a bigger turn-off than women was somewhat surprising,” said Markus Fischer, director of Parship. “While stereotypes would have us believe otherwise, men are clearly the more prudish of the two sexes.”

The research also found that in the game of dating, the biggest turn-off for both men and women was for a date to turn up looking scruffy or badly presented. The second was when their blind date had not described themselves accurately.

Only four percent of people questioned said good looks were crucial in a date.

The traits most looked for in a potential partner were honesty, humour and fidelity.

Men twice as likely to want big wedding

Today’s modern man is now almost twice as likely as his bride to want a big fairy-tale wedding, according to research.

In a reversal of the traditional image, it is now the groom who wants to break the bank for a grand affair and his fiancée who wants a cheaper event.

Barclays Bank in the UK conducted a survey of over 2 100 adults. More than half (52 percent) think savings are better spent on buying property than anything else.

Only nine percent of women would spend their savings on a big wedding, but this rises to almost twice as many (16 percent) for men.

This suggest women have become more practical and would rather choose to have money for a bond.

The “marriage vs mortgage” argument leads to arguments among five percent of couples.

Nine percent said they are planning to downsize the scale of their nuptials, or even delay them because of the cost.

And 13 percent are considering asking guests to make a financial contribution instead of giving them a present, in order to make the big day more affordable, a practice known as “pre-gifting”. – Daily Mail