43% of Americans Don’t Believe in Love at First Sight

C. Price

This is an exclusive study conducted by, which surveyed respondents over the course of three weeks to reflect an accurate representation of the U.S. population.

While love at first sight is a common occurrence on the big screen, it seems like it’s far less common in the real world.

A new study found almost half of Americans don’t believe you can fall in love with someone after just one glance.

And it looks like opinions vary greatly among the 1,080 respondents, depending on their gender, age and other factors.

Women were among the most likely groups to discount the belief, as about one in two answered in the affirmative versus two out of five men.

At 67 percent, Asian-American women had the highest response – more than three times the rate of Asian-American men.

Marital status also plays a big role, with single respondents 25 percent more likely to discredit love at first sight than their married or divorced counterparts.

“Women were the most

likely to discount the belief.”

The results also show this type of cynicism may lessen as people grow older.

Fifty-four percent of those aged 18 to 24 said they don’t believe in love at first sight, compared to just 33 percent of those aged 35 to 44.

As if to suggest money can buy love, respondents earning $25,000 to $49,999 annually had a 35 percent lower likelihood of accepting the concept than those earning $125,000 or more a year.

The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

The Breakdown: Americans Who Don’t Believe in Love at First Sight

By gender:

  • Men: 39%
  • Women: 47%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 43%
  • Gay: 37%

By marital status:

  • Single: 50%
  • Married: 39%
  • Divorced: 40%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 54%
  • 25 to 34: 49%
  • 35 to 44: 33%
  • 45 to 54: 36%
  • 54 to 64: 44%
  • 65 and older: 49%

By race:

  • White: 43%
  • African-American: 52%
  • Hispanic: 36%
  • Asian: 45%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 44%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 37%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 45%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 39%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 49%
  • $125,000 or higher: 50%

By region:

  • Northeast: 42%
  • Midwest: 47%
  • South: 43%
  • West: 42%

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C. Price is part of's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.