The season for romance
If you truly believe love can blossom during the spring, it can happen, experts say
Love is in the air — especially love at first sight.
According to a new ElitesSingles survey, romance rules with single men — nearly three out of four believe in love at first sight. Women come in at 61 per cent, with females aged 30-40 the least likely to believe in it. Overall, 84 per cent of singles aged 18-29 believe in instant love, compared with 65 per cent of those aged 30 plus.
“When you experience it you know it’s real ... and when it does happen to you, you know that it can’t happen again. It’s way too strong and crazy,” says EliteSingles psychologist Salama Marine. “It’s when you’re not looking for a partner at all and you’re 100 per cent focused on your life, when you least expect it, it will happen to you.”
If you believe it, it is real: 41 per cent of men, versus 29 per cent of women, say they have experienced instant romantic love, reports a Match.com 2014 study.
Relationship expert Nicole McCance believes in lust at first sight. “Lust, physical attraction and desire can happen at first sight. But love, which is about a deeper connection and caring, can’t really happen by only observing someone and not knowing anything about them. However, lust can turn into love with time.”
Turns out that the real thing isn’t based on the instant chemistry, but instead on the actual amount of time people spend together, reports a University of Texas study.
So instead, think love at first meeting — that’s what increases the survival chances of initial love, says romantic love expert Aaron BenZe’ev. “Such a meeting provides more time to get to know other characteristics of the person, like wisdom, wittiness, and a sense of humour, and to become involved in initial common activities, such as conversation.”
He believes that there is love at first sight but not profound love at first sight or even in the first five hours — it needs much more time, says Ben-Ze’ev, adding that findings conflict whether love at first sight can turn into long-term profound love. It can when what you see at first sight the real qualities of the other person. “If it is not, then love will not survive for long, as attraction is not all you need in longterm profound love,” says BenZe’ev, professor at the University of Haifa and president of European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions.