Valentine’s Day Face-off – Yes

Wise men say only fools rush in, yet some people just can’t help but fall in love at first sight. The concept of love at first sight is something that has been fantasized and portrayed in movies and TV shows, yet I believe that love at first sight is possible.

The reason why so many people don’t accept that love at first sight can actually occur is because of the unrealistic Hollywood depiction of it. They see all of the glam and passion from TV and movies, and say that something like that could never happen in real life. However, the notion of love at first sight wasn’t born on the big screen; it goes way back to the Greco-Roman mythology of Cupid, who would instill love into two people when they first shared a glance. Whether or not Cupid actually strikes unsuspecting civilians with “love arrows” is debatable, but I think love at first sight isn’t that bizarre of a concept.

Real love at first sight isn’t the made-up stuff you see in the movies, where two strangers immediately fall madly and passionately in love, melting into each other’s arms. What I am talking about is the feeling you first experience when you meet someone and you instantly feel a connection with him or her and you’re compelled to get to know them better. I have never personally experienced this sentiment and while I am not saying that love exclusively comes to people in this way, I do believe it to be true.

According to peoplerelationships.com, scientists say that what our ears pick up and eyes first see when we meet someone is taken into heavy consideration. This seems kind of obvious. Yet on a subconscious level, we pay a lot of attention to a person’s smells when we first encounter them. This plays a big role in our minds, though we might not realize it. The website also mentions that it is psychologically proven that within the first few minutes the future success of any relationship can be predicted between the two people, even more so than what they may have in common with each other.

One of my close guy friends from home has been dating his girlfriend for more than a year now. They met at their college in Indiana and he describes their first encounter fondly, saying that when they first met, he just knew that he had to approach her and get to know her. He simply had a feeling they would get along well and be in each others lives for a while.

Just because you may not have experienced this feeling before doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. I have seen it in others and it’s led me to the conclusion that love at first sight is possible. It may seem like a far-fetched notion to some, but I do think that such a connection can occur between certain people.

– Kristy Grinere

Sophomore journalism major

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  1. I think there is a huge difference between the idea of LOVE at first sight, and feeling a connection or an interest in someone upon first meeting them. I’m not sure if love at first sight is possible, but I do know that love and “instantly feel(ing) a connection” are two different things all together. Love is such a strong and powerful “thing”, that although not “bizarre”, it is most definitely rare. True love, whether at first sight, or slowly marinated alongside a nice sirloin, should not be confused with intrigue or curiosity, or even lust for that matter. No matter what the speed, like my man Huey Lewis said, “The power of love is a curious thing. It makes one man weep, makes another man sing.”

  2. I think there is a huge difference between the idea of LOVE at first sight, and feeling a connection or an interest in someone upon first meeting them. I’m not sure if love at first sight is possible, but I do know that love and “instantly feel(ing) a connection” are two different things all together. Love is such a strong and powerful “thing”, that although not “bizarre”, it is most definitely rare. True love, whether at first sight, or slowly marinated alongside a nice sirloin, should not be confused with intrigue or curiosity, or even lust for that matter. No matter what the speed, like my man Huey Lewis said, “The power of love is a curious thing. It makes one man weep, makes another man sing.”

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