When you think about love, you probably picture couples holding hands or driving off into the sunset together. You might picture yourself falling in love with the one special person of your dreams. You might even have a list of things your perfect mate should embody.
The thing is, there are many biological factors that go into “falling in love.” Love is overly romanticized in today’s culture, so you probably don’t know these scientific facts about love. When feelings of love and attraction are not reciprocated, it can lead to sadness, emotional distress, and in extreme cases, even suicide. What we don’t know about love probably outweighs what we do know by a significant margin, but we have learned a lot, including the following.
- SHOPPING FOR LOVE
Most people don’t stop by the market with the idea of leaving with a new love interest, but a survey on the subject concluded that 2 percent of couples who fall in love met at a supermarket. If you’re on the prowl for a new partner, the supermarket may not be a bad place to look.
2. FACE THE FACTS
While there are many ways we can be attracted to one another, research has revealed that the attractiveness of a person’s face is likely the most important criteria when choosing a partner. Tastes differ, of course, so what’s attractive to one person may not be attractive to another.
3. BOTH MALES AND FEMALES MUST HAVE ADEQUATE TESTOSTERONE FOR SEXUAL ATTRACTION
Yes, even women have small amounts of testosterone. Testosterone creates desire as well as aggressive behavior, which may push you to pursue the person who is creating this desire.
4. VICTIM OF SUCCESS
The founder of the popular online dating website Match.com lost his girlfriend when she met another man on Match.com!
5. FAIR TRADE?
People who fall in love often do so at the expense of their friends. It is not uncommon for couples to rely less on contact with friends and acquaintances when their attention is so focused on their partner.
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