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Updated:07/02/2024

Sindex by Sinful - Do we speak the same love language?

The United Kingdom is full of happy relationships with 85% of Britons saying that they are happy in their current relationships. And we are pretty good at expressing this to each other.

55% of Britons in relationships tell their partners that they love them every day. But how do we actually also express our love for each other? Out of the five love languages – physical touch, appreciative words, attention & time, favours, and gifts – Britons seem to agree that physical touches, appreciative words, and attention & time are the way forward. Flowers and small favours, on the other hand, are not very direct ways to a British heart.

But something also indicates that men can benefit from replacing a small pat on the bum with giving their partner two minutes of undivided attention. Because while 32% of women prefer that their partner expresses their love by giving her time, only 25% of men tend to express their love in this manner.

No matter who you ask, it remains essential to remember to kiss, hug, and caress each other. Intimacy is key to a well-functioning relationship for 95% of Britons and it affects most of us negatively if we aren’t intimate with our partner for a longer period of time.

More than 4 out of 5 Britons are satisfied with their relationship

85%
9%
5%
1%
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Satisfied
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
Dissatisfied
I don't know/I don't want to answer
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95% of Britons think intimacy is important for a well-functioning relationship
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57% of Britons say it affects them negatively, when they’re not intimate with their partner for a longer period of time

55% of Britons tell their partner that they love them on a daily basis 

55%

Daily

25%

Weekly

8%

Monthly

4%

Less than monthly

5%

Only on special occasions

3%

I don't know / I do not want to answer

The love language of Britons: Appreciative words is the preferred love language in the United Kingdom

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35%

With appreciative words, e.g. compliments and recognition

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27%

With attention and time, e.g. when you spend quality time together or go on a date

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24%

With physical touches, e.g. kisses and hugs

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8%

With small favours, e.g. your partner doing the dishes or grocery-shopping on the way home

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3%

With presents, e.g. flowers

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British women prefer appreciative words while British men prefer appreciative words as well as physical touches

38% of women prefer their partner to express their love through appreciative words, but only 30% of men say they most often express love for their partner through appreciative words

Preferred love languages across the countries in the Sindex

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40%

France: attention and time

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35%

UK: appreciative words

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31%

Denmark: physical touch

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29%

Norway: physical touch

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28%

Sweden: appreciative words

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27%

Finland: physical touch / appreciative words

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