Having a crush on someone can be a nearly unbearable feeling, which we’re all bound to experience at some point in our lives.
These crushes usually begin to develop during our younger teenage years, when we don’t have any idea of how to flirt or date without being overcome with embarrassment, leaving you pining over someone who you have little to no chance of ever being with.
And while the intensity of having a crush usually tends to die off with age, we’re all prone to suddenly falling for someone that we work with or someone who we run into on a daily basis at the coffee shop or the gym. Maybe you even have a best friend who you’re starting to slowly develop feelings for. Or maybe you had a Tinder date that didn’t turn out to be half bad.
But how do you know if this is just another passing crush, or if it’s actually something worth exploring?
While every situation is different, there are certainly some signs you shouldn't ignore. And maybe what's even more important, is to know when you actually should ignore your feelings -- especially if you have a tendency to get attached too soon.
So let's find out if it's really love or just a crush!
1Do you believe in love at first sight?
If you already believe in love at first sight, then you no doubt have a harder time than most people deciding if someone is just easy on the eyes or your next possible suitor. And it may also mean that you have a tendency to get easily carried away.
2How long have you known them?
An easy way to know if someone is just a fleeting crush is if you’ve only known them for a few days or a few weeks. Surely this isn’t enough time to know if you’re truly in love with someone, right?
3How did you two meet?
If you’ve already been friends with this person for years, then you already know that you’re fairly compatible. However, if you only recently came across them on Tinder or one night at the bar, you might be two totally different people.
4How often do you find yourself looking through photos of them on social media?
Everybody turns into a bit of a Facebook stalker when you develop a new crush. But there’s a big difference between only hunting out attractive photos at 2 AM, and just wanting to learn as much about them as you can.