I read something somewhere, relating to Love At First Sight (we’ll call it LAFS for short). The stats reveal that men are more likely to report having falling in love at first sight, however, stats be what they may, are not what I have been thinking about. The question I have been pondering, is one of cause and effect, of the eternal loop hole that can say so much; that ultimately slips by in the confusion of the moment. Loop hole? So, maybe that’s the best way to describe it; that “thingy” that happens, when everyone is watching, and you go in the other direction!
So, how does LAFS come into the conversation, the thought process, or conjure itself up into a question in the age of pandemic?
Well, it’s a very simple word “mask”! Ok, maybe two simple words, the other word is “philtrum”! Wait, before you switch off, it’s actually quite interesting, and not that scientific of a boring word; because we all have one, just like a belly-button!
The Greeks call it “philtron”, or a quick translation “love charm” (which could be said in your best Barry White voice), or “love potion”.
If you’re starting to squirm, and yell “where is it, get it off”, you should be ashamed, or even sorry! The fact is, it is right in your face, and yes it appears “it” has a lot to do with LAFS; sorry, not sorry!
The “philtrum” is that indent between your nose, and your upper lip! And, you probably will look at everyone differently from now on, because now you know; or have been reminded. The power of the “love charm”, or philtrum, is that when we gaze at someone, we decide if we are attracted to that person based on the definition of that area. Once, I was made aware of this, it definitely made me take a closer look, or at least became “woke”, in the basics of rudimentary attraction.
I dare say, that the philtrum, may not be alone in the awaking of very human emotions, surely personality will also play a significant role, along with other attributes. However, it does appear to be one of the very things, that makes the heart go Boom!
If everything above is true, then what happens in the age of pandemic? Is wearing a mask a deterrent to primal instincts when it comes to love, and can we therefore expect less LAFS during this time? Are we therefore forced to make more eye contact, and rely on that as a new form of gaining love, and intimacy?
Above is Queen Leticia, of Spain, who was a meteorologist on afternoon television, as the story has it, the then Prince Felipe (also shown above in the picture) fell in love with her while watching her on the tele; and, the rest is history!
Ironically, it seems that most people believe that gazing into someone’s eyes, is what captivated them to begin with.
What do you think?
Fear of People Staring At You: From Bing/Very Well Mind
Facial drawing: Wikipedia
Queen Leticia: Bing Images
Queen Leticia & King Felipe VI – EPA/Bing Images
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