Ah, love. That wonderful, heart-thumping, pumping, splendid thing. It makes you do all kinds of goofy things that ordinarily wouldn’t warrant any attention—you’ll find yourself laughing over nothing, eating food you hate so as not to disappoint a date, and going places you personally have no interest in but suddenly, well, you’ve never heard of anything more riveting than the new butterfly exhibition at the museum because you happen to know your sweetheart is dying to see it. When in love, life is suddenly all rainbow-sprinkled and wonderful. Everything’s a song and you’re perfectly content to mill around the world all googly-eyed. But did you know this last part is kinda true? Being in love can inspire more than just heartfelt emotions—it actually does things to your eyes. And not just in seeing stars and rainbows kinda way. So, here you have it. Being in love can…
Make You Blind To Other Attractive Potential Partners
You may have endearingly proclaimed your love so intense, that you don’t even see other members of the opposite sex. No, this doesn’t mean those new Biofinity lenses aren’t working. This may be a slightly exaggerated declaration, but surprisingly, there could actually be some truth to love-induced eye issue. A condition known as unconscious attentional bias does actually cause you to avert your eyes from attractive members of the opposite sex. Studies have shown this to occur to people in committed relationships, after they’ve been actively thinking about their partner. So it would seem there is some proof—love really can make you blind!
Limit Your Vision
Now, love can cause other types of blindness, too. Unfortunately, this one has to do with jealousy, an emotion nearly anyone who’s ever been in love has experienced. A study showed that when a female partner felt jealousy—which was done by telling them her that her significant other was tasked with rating different women on levels of attractiveness, she experienced temporary blindness. It’s not that she couldn’t see at all, but she had previously been tasked with picking out a specific target in a group of pictures. After finding out about the ‘other women’ most individuals were distracted and often missed seeing the target.
Dilate Your Pupils
Ever wonder what it means when your pupils are dilated? It may signal that you’ve fallen hard for someone. Some studies have shown that when a person is experiencing intense, positive emotions, their pupils can grow. One such emotion is love (which explains why we feel so starry-eyed staring at Johnny Depp in glasses). It’s actually pretty sweet when you think about it—our pupils dilate to allow us to see better in the dark. So in a way, it’s like your brain is trying to widen your vantage to allow it to gain more information about the person in front of you. Maybe being googly-eyed really is a thing after all. That said, if you’re trying to hide your crush, you may want to wear sunglasses, since you won’t be able to control your pupils from dilating. Kind of a total giveaway.
Lock You In A Longing Gaze
Next up, a word on those loving gazes you share with a loved one—those might actually mean something, too! An experiment in the 1970’s studied young couples. It had them fill out a survey asking about their love and connection to their sweetheart. The couples were left alone to fill out the surveys—that was actually the whole of the experiment. What scientists were looking to find out was how often the couple looked into one another’s eyes when left alone. What they found was that the more a couple locked eyes while in the room, the higher results they showed on the survey, leading scientists to conclude that the more a couple is in love, the more they share those special looks—even when no one else is around. Awwwww.
So there you have it, love isn’t exactly all about the heart—our eyes play a major role, too. Whether it’s catching the gaze of that next-door hottie with the help of some colored contacts like FreshLook Colors, or locking stares with your crush, our eyes can be quite the matchmaker when it comes to love.