4 facts of love at first sight:
1. You’re more likely to feel love at first sight with beautiful people.
Love at first sight is the experience of starting to be in love with someone as soon as you see them for the first time.
2. Men report love at first sight more than women.
The researchers aren’t sure why this happens, but it begs more investigation. Might women be less inclined to this experience because they are more selective in whom they might date, as other research has shown? Men might, for example, report this experience with multiple potential partners. But whether this translates into relationships is another question.
3. Love at first sight isn’t usually mutual.
Love at first sight showed that it’s typically a one-sided phenomenon; this suggests that shared instant love isn’t very common. However, that one partner’s intense initial experience could help shape the other person’s recollection, shifting it toward a belief that he or she also experienced love at first sight.
4. Love at first sight isn’t really “love.”
The kind of qualities that are known to reflect love —
are not particularly strong in those first moments when people say they’ve fallen in love at first sight.
At least, these emotions are not experienced to the same degree as they are by people in established relationships. The extent to which people in relationships report feeling intimacy and commitment and passion toward their partners far exceeds reports of these emotions by people who experience love at first sight. Yet the love-at-first-sight experience appears open to these emotions to a greater extent than first meetings where love at first sight is not reported.