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Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?


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Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

Andrew Clark and Thomas Cantrell

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Andrew Clark

Comedia Editor


Love at first sight, like everything, is a science. Before innovations like agriculture, irrigation, and cultivation for livestock, the human race relied on love at first sight. The quicker a homo-sapien found a genetically compatible mate, the more likely their genetic line could be sustained.

Humans agonize over making inconsequential decisions, like choosing what shoes to wear or what backpack to buy, but when making prodigious decisions like who to love, it is a different story. The brain picks up such a vast amount of information at one time that it can work on super speed.

Because of how beneficial love at first sight was at the beginning of humanity, our brains are made so that a dozen parts of it release numerous neurochemicals in cohesion, creating the feeling of love in just a fifth of a second after seeing another person.

This feeling is caused by a moment of connection where we experience multiple positive emotions based on visual, auditory, and olfactory details of another individual (Yes, we instinctually connect with others based on their smell).

While we don’t have to fend for the continuation of the human race any more, our bodies have no reason to rid themselves of this trait. A person can experience this illustrious trait multiple times in his or her life.

With seven and a half billion people walking this planet, it is likely you are able to feel love with hundreds of thousands, and there are at least a few thousand you could love within the first fifth a second of seeing or smelling.

So, this year, keep your eyes and nostrils open, and have better luck next Valentine’s Day!




Thomas Cantrell

Associate Viewpoints Editor


There are two types of people in the world. They are divided based on their reaction to how they respond when they first see a stranger.

The first type of person is logical. Person 1 is will most likely make a mental note of the stranger’s appearance, either positive or negative and leave it at that.

Person 2 is completely different. Unlike type 1, type 2 people are susceptible to instantaneous extreme emotional attachment. When a type 2 person first sees a new person, there is a very big possibility of said person immediately falling in love with the stranger. Medical professionals refer to this condition as love at first sight. It is dangerous and is not to be mistaken with actual love.

Love at first sight isn’t a complete lie, but it is a very misleading concept. The general consensus about love at first sight is that it is when two people first see each other and instantly fall in love. It is made out to seem like fate chose those two people, who were previously totally unaware of each other’s existence, are destined to live happily ever after.

Love at first sight may be the stuff of movies, but there is more to relationships than what is shown. Movies don’t show the challenges of actual relationships. None of the tragedies or hardships that real couples would deal with. The normal depiction of love at first sight is but a shallow misconception spread to the masses.

The real reason people start relationships is to see if the people they’re interested in would be compatible to live with for the rest of their lives. It doesn’t matter if they thought each other were attractive upon first glance. There is no guarantee that they will work out.

Love at first sight leads people to believe that love will fall onto their laps. People need to know that they will most likely need to try harder than they think to find love. Love at first sight is a sweet idea but is foolish to believe in.

About the Writers
Andrew Clark, Comedia Editor

Andrew Clark is a Senior and first-year Smoke Signals member. He digs pepperoni pizza and can listen to Billy Joel's "Piano Man" any day of the week.

Thomas Cantrell, Opinions Editor

Thomas Cantrell is a Senior and second-year Smoke Signals member. He likes watching Parks & Rec over any other TV show and chooses purple as his...

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