Survey: Men more likely to believe in love at first sight

By Emma Pickles

Is love at first sight fantasy or reality? Photo / Getty Images
Is love at first sight fantasy or reality? Photo / Getty Images

A new survey has seved up some surprising results when it comes to men and romance, revealing blokes are more likely to believe in love at first sight than women.

72 per cent of men surveyed by Elite Singles said they believed in love at first sight, compared to 61 per cent of women.

Unsurprisingly, millenials aged under 30 are more likely to believe in the romantic notion, especially women aged between 18-29. 90 per cent of those surveyed believed in the notion.

But is it just a fairy tale? According to science, love at first sight is possible. Dr Stephanie Ortigue from Syracuse University discovered that people can have the chemical reaction of love in the brain a mere 0.2 seconds after looking at someone.

Which begs the question, is love simply a chemical reaction or is there more to it?

Some propose that the love-at-first-sight feeling is not just sexual attraction nor deep love. Aaron Ben-Zeév in PsychologyToday suggests that love at first sight is "an intense form of romantic love that has a good chance of developing into profound intense love".

He also suggests that people romanticise the idea of love at first sight. People who believe in love at first sight may project their ideal partner's personality on to the other person. The excitement lies in the possibility rather than the reality.

But maybe love at first sight is not impossible. EliteSingles psychologist Salama Marine said: "When it does happen to you, you know that it can't happen again. It's way too strong and crazy."

Maybe you can only know if it happens to you. Seeing is believing after all.

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- NZ Herald

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