We’ve all experienced it: the moment you lock eyes with the most gorgeous person you have ever seen across a crowded room. It’s a phenomenon that is shrouded in mystery. What IS that? What just happened? Cupid smacked you over the head with a sledgehammer out of nowhere, the crazy little deity. The following are some of the physiological changes that occur in us when we have that magical experience known as instant attraction, along with some further explanation to enhance your understanding:
1. Your pupils dilate
Kind of strange, but science tells us that yes, indeed, the black centers of our eyes actually expand when we see someone we are suddenly, madly smitten by. It is unknown just how this was first noticed, since people experiencing this phenomenon are often too far away from each other to verify that the person staring at them is beginning to resemble a Japanese Anime character. My guess? Really hot eye doctors were the first to discover this and report back to the rest of us. And yes, you should be very self-conscious at your next eye appointment.
2. You begin to sweat
This is likely due to the sudden flash of every cheesy pickup line you can think of running through your head. Pro tip: go with “Hi.” It may not get you laid, but it also won’t end with a drink in your face or everyone within earshot laughing at you.
3. Your heart skips a beat
This could be a serious medical condition. Get it checked out. But for God sakes, get a phone number first, you crazy hypochondriac!
4. Time stops
Yes, it actually does. Not for anyone else; just the two of you. This, unfortunately, results in you and your new eye candy being several seconds behind everyone else once the moment is over. This is why people in love tend to wander around in a fog for a while after meeting someone new. They are actually in a parallel reality until their internal clocks can catch back up. I could explain the physics of it, but it involves quantum theory, and frankly I don’t understand any of that crap.
5. Choirs of Angels sing
What they sing is uncertain. Possibly a soulful cover of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. If Daughtry can do it, so can they. Angels love Gaga.
6. Your eyes physically lock in place
Don’t try to look away, it can be hazardous to your health. Seriously. I knew a guy once who tried to turn his head right in the middle of a shared moment with a lovely woman, and his eyes, actually glued to hers, were ripped out of his head. It was really gross and he didn’t even get to take her home that night. Absolutely tragic.
7. The moment ends
Having a feeling for exactly when to look away is an acquired skill. There is a fine line between “wow, that person is into me” and “oh my God, that person is going to kill me.” Stare too long, and you will seem far more serial killer than potential lover.
Hopefully this helps you to better understand yourself, others, and the process of attraction. Now go out there and look for that special someone, you crazy kids!