The Scientific Reason Crushes Are So Fun To Have

Having a crush can be exhilarating, and generally pretty fun, and science can explain why. Dr. Rhonda Freeman, a clinical neuropsychologist, explains the feeling of having a crush is similar to that of being addicted to drugs. Specifically, when you develop a crush, the stress and reward systems in the brain are activated, which Freeman says are “associated with stimulation, action, and revving up the mind and body in some manner.” The chemicals the body releases make us feel “giddy, excited, and nervous.” Freeman adds these effects are amplified even more when we see our crush, get texts from them, or spend time with them. But those reactions don’t happen forever; as feelings develop you’ll move from this “attraction phase” into the “bonding phase,” which generally makes people feel more “calm, comfortable, and secure.”