Do you believe in love at first sight or shall I walk by again? This pick up line is officially redundant as a recent EliteSingles survey of 2700 people has revealed that 66% of singles believe in love at first sight. Even more astonishingly, 72% of single men believe in it!
Here are the facts:
- 72% of men believe in love at first sight, compared to just 61% of women.
- 81% of men aged 18-29 believe in love at first sight.
- 84% of singles aged 18-29 believe in love at first sight.
- 90% of women aged 18-29 believe in love at first sight, compared to 56% of women aged 30-39 who think the same.
Who’s the most romantic of them all?
Evidently, and somewhat surprisingly, men seem to be more romantic than women! Almost 3 out of 4 men believe in love at first sight compared to just 61% of women. We also discovered that millennials are the most romantic of them all with a whopping 84% of 18-29 year olds surveyed vouching for love at first sight.
The most skeptical group of people surveyed were women between the ages of 30-39 with only 56% of them considering love at first sight a reality.
There does certainly seem to be a notable difference between male and female attitudes to the concept. But why are some people so opposed to the idea?
You believe in it when it happens to you
It seems to be the case that people don’t believe in the romance of love at first sight until they experience it themselves. EliteSingles psychologist, Salama Marine, suggests ‘when you experience it you know it’s real’ and goes on to say ‘when it does happen to you, you know that it can’t happen again. It’s way too strong and crazy.’
From a psychological standpoint, she indicates that many people will experience love at first sight when they’re going through other big changes in life, for example moving city or country. She suggests this is because it’s a time when people are least looking for a relationship. ‘When you’re not looking for a partner at all and you’re 100% focused on your life, when you least expect it, it will happen to you.’ And evidently, many singles agree.
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