I read something fascinating the other day…

Videos of children and college students saying “I love you” to their parents have gone viral in China.

“Are you drunk?” one parent responded. Another father replied, “I am going to a meeting, so cut the crap.”

In China, parents and children don’t typically swap the phrase “I love you,” according to sociologists. Last year China Daily asked people if they said “I love you” to their relatives. “I have never said ‘I love you’ to my family, and I don’t think I will in the future,” one 56-year-old said. “Saying it aloud is embarrassing for me.”

(If you’re from China, I’m really curious to hear if you agree with this!)

Meanwhile, on the other side of the ocean, I can’t seem to stop. I tell Toby and Anton that I love them every five seconds, and with Alex, I tell him I love him daily—and, if I’m being totally honest, I also often ask him “Do you love me?” which is so lame and needy but cannot be helped!

I’m curious: How often do you say “I love you” to your loved ones? And what nationality are you? Do you think your culture/upbringing affects your answer? Would you like to say it more, or do you think saying it too much cheapens it? I’d love to hear…

P.S. Motherhood around the world, and have you ever said “I love you” first?

(Photo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Thanks to Kristin for sending me this Business Insider article)