They may doodle the person's name or think of their special someone while a particular song is playing. Because feelings of attraction and sexual interest are new, and they're directed at a person we want a relationship with, it's not surprising we confuse attraction with love.
It's all so intense, exciting, and hard to sort out.
This is the time when people start thinking about finding someone they can commit to in the long run — a love that will last.
When people first experience falling in love, it often starts as attraction.
Teens all over the world notice passionate feelings of attraction.
The third ingredient in a love relationship, commitment, is about wanting and deciding to stay together as a couple in the future — despite any changes and challenges that life brings.
Dating can seem like a great way to have someone to go places with and do things with. If our friends are all dating someone, we might put pressure on ourselves to find a boyfriend or girlfriend too. It can almost seem like another version of cliques: The pressure to go out with the "right" person in the "right" group can make dating a lot less fun than it should be — and not so much about love!
In our late teens, though, relationships are less about going out to have fun and fitting in.
The crazy intensity of the passion and attraction phase fades a bit after a while.
Like putting all our energy into winning a race, this kind of passion is exhilarating but far too extreme to keep going forever.