Is Love At First Sight Real? You’ll Be Surprised At Who Thinks So!

Is love at first sight a real thing or is it just a sweet-sounding romantic myth that has been floating around for what feels like forever? Is it one of those things that only happens in movies, with some cute love song playing in the background, or does it actually happen in real life? Honestly, I don’t know – it’s something I’ve always wondered about myself. But you may be surprised at who seems to really believe in love at first sight.

A study taken out of the book The Normal Bar, which is based on studies taken of over 7,000 people, says that according to their research, 48 percent of men have said that they’ve fallen in love at first sight compared to only 28 percent of women who said the same. Surprised? A lot of people had a similar reaction. The concept of love at first sight is so mushy-gushy romantic that I think it sometimes seems like something women believe in more than men – but apparently that’s not true.

Does this mean that guys are more romantic than girls? Are girls more cynical or jaded about this type of stuff? Or are dudes only falling in lust at first sight and confusing it with the real thing? I don’t know. I’m going to say the last question sounds more accurate to me, because honestly, I’m having a hard time believing this particular study.

Truthfully, I don’t believe in love at first sight, which is weird for me, because I’m a romantic. But I don’t know – I just don’t see how falling in love just by looking at someone is possible. Maybe that’s because I’m taking the phrase way too literally or maybe it’s because it’s never happened to me. In my opinion, falling in love is a process. It takes time. Love is a big deal! You don’t just throw the phrase around (or at least I don’t), and you definitely can’t know if you love someone after a few hours.

I mean, I believe in lust at first sight. Lust is more of a strong sexual desire feeling, about being very attracted to someone and feeling some sort of sexual connection. Sometimes, lust is so strong that people confuse it for love – and I think that’s what people are feeling when they describe love at first sight. But, like I said, maybe I’m just taking the phrase way too literally and maybe I’m also just feeling extra grumpy this Monday morning.

Still, it’s sort of sweet to think that almost half of the dudes out there are walking around thinking they’re falling in love at first sight (or, okay fine, maybe they really are). Kind of makes you wonder if your boyfriend or crush fell for you the first time he saw you, huh?

I want to know what you think – do you believe in love at first sight? Has it ever happened to you? Do you think it happens to people a lot? Or do you feel like I do? Tell me in the comments.


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  • Emily

    I believe in love at first sight. Maybe you wouldn’t love the person enough to get married to them immediately, but I think it is possible that part of you can fall in love with someone at first sight; Sometimes you meet someone and you just know that you are not going to be “just friends”. That’s what happened with my boyfriend. From the moment we met, it was like we already knew each other. We had so much in common that every time I found out something more about him, looking at him would be more and more like looking into a mirror.

  • LittleRedWolfGirl

    I completely agree with you. I think most people think they fell in love at first sight are just confusing it for lust or a very strong attraction. When I first met the girl I’ve been seeing, there was an instant connection. I felt that spark of chemistry and was very drawn to her, but it wasn’t love. It’s only been a few weeks and I’m still getting to know her. Love takes time. Not a specific amount of time, but it’s not something that can happen right away. Love is a powerful emotion. Some people feel it after a couple weeks, some after several months, but you can’t love someone without knowing them.