Do you believe in love at first sight? It sounds very romantic. All people want is to love and be loved. Therefore, romantic people dream about love at first sight because they think it is something magic and unusual.

However, skeptics think completely differently. They think that a strong and loving relationship needs work and time. Moreover, science is on the side of the skeptic. According to a recent study, love is not really love if it is at first sight. It is “a strong initial attraction”.

The study involved monitoring a series of 500 dating encounters from 200 participants and interviewing them about their different feelings of attraction to their respective romantic partner for each encounter. The participants were students from Holland and Germany in their mid-20s.

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The study was divided into three phases: an online survey, a laboratory study, and three dating encounters lasting no longer than 90 minutes apiece. After the dating encounters, the participants were asked about their feelings.

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The thing is they felt something like “love at first sight” during the date and also they found their partner physically attractive. The “love components” that were measured were “intimacy,” “commitment” and “passion.”

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Of all the encounters, “love at first sight” was reported 49 total times by just 32 participants. What’s more, the key components such as commitment and intimacy were missing from the romantic pairings.

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However, during the study, the participants’ feelings of physical attraction to their counterpart were noticeably spiked. This study included 60 percent women, but the majority of “love at first sight research” were by men. When “love at first sight” was reported, it was almost always not reciprocated.

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As you can see, there is no “love at first sight”, it’s just a lust and nothing more. You may experience some “love at first sight” feelings, but do not forget that love takes work and time. Both partners should help each other in building their relationships. Love and be loved!

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We at BetterMe want everyone to know and experience true love. It is out there for everyone and until it knocks on your door we are here to remind you that you deserve the best love!

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