Saturday, September 11, 2004

Proof Love at First Sight Exists

BBC - Love at first sight may not be just for old romantics, according to scientists. People decide what kind of relationship they want within minutes of meeting, a study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships said.

Researchers at Ohio State University paired off 164 students, focusing on same-sex friendships - but said it could be applied to dating. Report co-author Artemio Ramirez said it suggested speed dating had value as people did not want to waste time.

"It's almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. We make a prediction about what kind of relationship we could have with a person and that helps determine how much effort we are willing to put into developing a relationship...

"Earlier research had assumed there was a cumulative effect that happens in the first days of meeting that helps determine how relationships will develop. But we're finding that it all happens much sooner than that - literally within a few minutes."

Maybe I just don't make a good first impression. ;-)

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