Stanford online dating study
Previous research has labeled love at first sight (LAFS) as a “positive illusion” or a biased memory couples create in order to enhance their relationship.
This sounds completely plausible given the fact that we are prone to outcome bias - evaluating the quality of a decision based on the outcome.
So, if we end up with someone, our belief that we knew this all along, from the very first moment, is going to strengthen.
Similarly, if we don’t end up with someone, it is highly likely we will not assign the label of LAFS to that encounter at all.
This is hardly surprising given the fact that art and literature have glorified it for thousands of years.
About me: I love music, movies, walks on the beach, traveling and reading.
But sex is my all time favorite, I want to be teased and pleased.
Interestingly, men were more likely to experience LAFS on the spot.
In couples, reporting love at first sight retroactively was most strongly correlated with eros, then passion, followed by commitment.
Indeed, 92% of 558 people who claimed to have experienced LAFS reported that they later fell in mutual love with this person and developed a romantic relationship with them.