How Do You Know If It's Love At First Sight? 22 People Talk About How They Fell Head Over Heels Instantly

You've probably wondered, is love at first sight is real? Some people say “they just knew” when they met the person who would become their boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife—we’ve all met people like this and wonder why it hasn’t happened to us (yet). And can it? Is it true? Is it possible to look at someone and get a feeling that you two will be together—forever?

According to's Singles In America survey in 2014 of over 5,000 singles, 41 percent of men and 29 percent of women say they have experienced love at first sight.

It’s portrayed in romantic comedies a lot. It also happens on TV—or appears to happen—on shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette , falling for a seemingly total stranger. And, let’s not forget A&E’s show, Married at First Sight . Yep, just the way it sounds. Couples are matched up via four experts—a sexologist, a spiritualist, a psychologist and a sociologist—and do not meet until their wedding day. They go through usual marriage ups and downs, then, after six weeks, have to decide if they will stay together—or not.

Personally, I love the immersion dating nature of the show, not to mention how addictive it is to watch, and think we should all try it at some point. But, I know it’s not for everybody. And can you imagine telling your parents, “We just met last week, but I know it was love at first sight and we’re going to be together forever.”

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I asked Bustle readers about the whole love-at-first-sight conundrum, and so many of them did so, it’ll re-inspire you that it’s possible, after all.

1. Esther

2. Jenipher Lyn

3. Felicia

4. Amy Oestreicher

5. Stephanie Adams

6. Adella Curry

7. Jennie E. Johnson

8. Steven Cony

9. Heidi

10. Karina

11. Charlotte

12. Alexis

13. Katlin MacHugh

14. Donna Bozzo

15-16. Carol Bloom Stevens and Mark Stevens



17. Lisa Becker

18. Ben

19. Tangela Walker-Craft

20. Andrea

21. Jana Davis

22. Laura

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