Love at first sight is a bit of a stretch — it's probably just attraction — but what about love after 36 questions?
According to Mandy Len Catron, who explored psychologist Arthur Aron's study in her Modern Love essay, it is indeed possible to accelerate intimacy between two strangers by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions, like "If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?" and "What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?"
The exercise ends with four minutes of non-stop staring into the other person's eyes.
The idea is that, since allowing oneself to be vulnerable with another person fosters can be extremely difficult, it fosters closeness at a rather rapid pace.
But since it sounds a little too good to be true, the guys over at AsapSCIENCE wanted to try the experiment out on a couple of strangers, Cam and Emily — and, of course, get it all on video.
There's an instant spark between the pair, and as they go through the questions ("When did you last sing to yourself?"), their bond gets stronger and stronger.
"I expected it to be a lot more awkward, but it was ... it was more just exciting," says Emily.
"It was interesting getting to know a lot about you, 'cause a lot of those questions aren't necessarily stuff you'd say right away, or even sometimes ever, to someone," says Cam.
But will they kiss? Find out by watching the video above!
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