Slow burning romantic comedies have been trying to tell us for years that sometimes it takes a while for people to realize they’re in love with their friend; a fact that is overtly obvious to the audience. But it turns out that it is in fact highly likely. It’s even scientific!
A new study shows that love after a few sights is a lot more plausible than feeling warm fuzzies during an initial romantic interaction. Scientists from Hamilton College in New York found that after showing participants a picture of the same person repeatedly, the participants eventually found the people in the pictures attractive.
The small study included 22 single people who ranked the pictures of 112 faces on a scale of attractiveness. Some of the faces were included multiple times, with the study showing that reoccurring exposure to the same face resulted in increased attractiveness ratings over time.
Love at first sight may be a nice thought, but if you find yourself disappointed that sparks didn’t fly on a first date, you may want to try for a second. And a third. And definitely a fourth date.
Participants had their brain waves monitored, with the study showing that attractiveness increased upon the third viewing, but really spiked during the fourth round. That’s coffee, then drinks, then dinner and a movie, then maybe a comedy show. Totally doable for true love.
The study is definitely encouraging for single people who find themselves attracted to someone’s personality, but maybe not their looks. After four dates, exposure to the person’s face could result in an all-around love connection. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the beholder may have to stick around for a fourth date to see that beauty.