According to This Survey, Love at First Sight Is More Common Than You Think
Shortly after announcing his engagement to actress Meghan Markle (read: shortly after we lost our minds with excitement), Prince Harry melted hearts worldwide when he admitted he’d experienced love at first sight with his now fiancé. There are few things we love more than a public and oh-so-swoon-worthy declaration of love, and if you add in the fairy-tale idea of love at first sight? Game. Over. According to data from online dating giant Match. com, Prince Harry isn’t the only man who believes in — or who has experienced firsthand — love at first sight.
In early 2017, the Match team conducted their annual Singles in America survey, interviewing over 5,000 unattached men and women about what it means to be single in today’s world. When Prince Harry shone a light on love at first sight last month, Match decided to revisit the data they’d already collected on the concept. What they found — and what we’re happy to report — is that this level of romance doesn’t seem to be exclusive to the royals. According to the findings from Singles in America, 34 percent of singles have experienced it themselves.
What’s especially interesting here is that single men seem to have more experience with and belief in love at first sight than single women. Forty-one percent of the single guys surveyed have experienced it — compared to just 29 percent of women — and more than half (59 percent, to be exact) believe that it’s real. Among single women, 49 percent believe in love at first sight.
Match dating expert Rhonda Richards-Smith says that these results don’t surprise her, despite the fact that men often have an apparently unfair reputation for being less romantic than women. Men, she tells us, are more likely to associate an immediate connection with someone with love, while women might be quicker to chalk it up to lust.
“While it’s true that men are very visual when it comes to attraction, they can also be incredibly concrete,” Richards-Smith says. “It is not uncommon for men that have historically shied away from serious, committed relationships throughout their adult lives to meet someone and instantly believe they’ve met the perfect match. While women can and do experience love at first sight, the way a man chooses to pursue a woman is often what leads to the feeling of a true bond.”
According to Richards-Smith, men and women alike are more likely to experience love at first sight themselves if they have a strong sense of self and a clear picture of what they’re looking for in a relationship. And while these butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of immediate connections can lead to happy endings (a la Harry and Meghan), the dating expert cautions love seekers from jumping in too quickly.
“If you think you are experiencing love at first sight and are interested in pursuing it further, ensure that you have completely healed from any previous relationships,” Richards-Smith advises. “It is not uncommon for people to think they are experiencing love at first sight when instead they are simply rebounding from a recent relationship. In these cases, the fire will often fizzle out as quickly as it was ignited.”
Fight that fizzle, friends. Be sure you’re ready to follow those love-at-first-sight instincts. And when you’re sure you’re ready, go for it.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)