London, Feb 6 (ANI): For romance to blossom into a long-term relationship, you have to have 22 meals out together, two holidays and spend at least 3,000 pounds on gifts, researchers have claimed.
And if that sounds like hard work, you also have to weather seven major arguments to go the distance as a couple.
Perhaps this is why the 2011 census found the number of single adults in the UK rose by more than 3 million to 15.7 million, while the number of married couples hardly moved at all in ten years, the Daily Mail reported.
The statistics were mirrored in the research by lifestyle advice site Socked.co.uk.
Managing director Mark Hall said that while singletons are now able to meet online, as well as through old fashioned means, such as in bars or through mutual friends, the disposable nature of society seems to be catching, with people investing less time - and hard cash - in love.
"We've sat down and done the actual maths and if we're correct, it's a wonder that the human race has actually managed to survive this long," Hall said.
By their calculations, only about 3 percent of new relationships will last long enough to get the couple up the aisle or into the registry office, he said. (ANI)