That is, if you're the average woman. (And, of course, I would never call any of our amazing readers "average.")
But so you know what median numbers you might expect, here's the rundown on statistics, which were commissioned in a study in conjunction with today's paperback release of The Rosie Project. Before finding the man of her dreams, a women will experience:
- Kisses with 15 men.
- Two long-term relationships.
- Heartbreak, twice.
- Seven dates, plus two blind dates and two dates with someone from the Internet.
- Four disaster dates.
- Being stood up once.
- One live-in relationship.
- Four one-night stands.
- Seven sexual partners.
Men's statistics are a little different—the average guy has 10 sexual partners, six one-night stands, and gets stood up twice—but the point of the study is that most of us go through a lot before finding a relationship that's right. For people like our recent reader who was worried she wouldn't find love again, it's kind of encouraging to know that most people have to go on a long journey to get there.
How do your personal statistics compare with these "average" ones? Have you found The One or are you still looking?