Almost everyone has felt those “crushing” feelings at one time or another — that sensation of butterflies in the stomach, coupled with the wild desire to get close to the object of your affection. Some crushes can even border on obsession. But what is a crush and what creates those strong feelings of affection and adoration for someone? Read on to learn the top nine crush facts.
Where Does the Term Come From?
In the early part of the nineteenth century, a “crush” was a term used to describe a large dance or gathering. These dances generally involved plenty of young single people looking for that special someone, so historians theorize that love matches might have become linked with this term.
More Than Four Months
Recently, social media was abuzz with a recent study that claimed a crush lasts only four months and after that, it’s love! Not only can you not trust a study made without citation, but there are many yearlong (and lifelong) crushers out there who beg to differ.
Love at…Fortieth Sight
A recent study found that two-thirds of couples report that they fell in love with their mate after knowing them for a while. So much for love at first sight!
Love the One You're With
Another study found that proximity is one of the biggest predictors when it comes to whether or not two people will take it to the next level. So, if you are working with a cute, single guy every day, you have a better chance of winning his heart than you do of the guy you see only once a month.
There used to be a time when a heterosexual man wouldn’t ’fess up to crushing on another man, but now everyone is celebrating their bromances. A man crush is simply nothing more than a guy celebrating a male pal he loves and respects, admires, and heck, even finds himself checking out the abs on.
Mom crush is a new term that a mom uses to describe flirtatious and sexy feelings that she has for someone other than her spouse, usually shortly after she gets back into the game after nine months of pregnancy and several more months of baby-mode. It’s all good as long as you don’t act on those feelings…it’s just your body’s way of telling you, “Hey, I’m back…and I’m sexy!”
Crushes aren’t always a good thing. Over three million people are victims of stalking each year, and the devastating impact can change the entire course of a victim’s life. If you or someone you know is being stalked, find more information here.
Men Know Sooner Than Women
A recent study found that men are more likely to size up their mate sooner than women are. Within three dates, a man knows if he is falling in love. Women can take up to 14 dates…maybe you should pick up the check on some of those!
A study found that husbands who kiss their wives live five years longer than men who don’t. So don’t let those crushin’ feelings die, and pucker up every day for a long life!