Love is deeply rooted in psychology, emotions, and brain chemistry, so it’s no surprise that it is difficult to quantify. But thanks to modern science and a little bit of statistics, we’re able to look at love in a whole new way. And what better time to reflect on love than Valentine’s Day?
Take a look at the numbers. It might just change your ideas on romance.
73% of Americans believe in soulmates
Married people are 12% less likely to have vascular disease than their single or divorced counterparts.
96 – How many words there are for “love” in Sanskrit
62.34 million – The number of married couples in the US as of 2020
1 in 50 travelers met their soulmate on a plane
$9.9 billion – The amount Romcoms raked in at the box office from 1995 to 2020
1597 – Year William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was published
224 million – Roses grown each year for Valentine’s Day
14% of women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day
86 years, 290 days – How long Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher were married. The late North Carolina couple officially holds the record for the longest marriage.
30% of adults in the US have used a dating site or app. 12% have married or been in a committed relationship after meeting on a dating site or app.
5th century – When Pope Gelasius I replaced the pagan Roman holiday Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day