Take a Step Back From Your Crush


Whether it’s a new co-worker, a potential romantic partner or a BFF, crushing is an exciting feeling that can lead to all kinds of fun opportunities. However, it’s important to take a step back from your crush and consider how you want to act on your feelings. You don’t want to jump into anything too fast because it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and overlook other factors, like how well you work together or your personal life.

The term “crush” was originally used in the early 19th century to refer to a deep infatuation with someone, particularly a young girl, that was characterized by the desire to be near them, according to Merriam-Webster. Since then, the word has been adapted to describe more than just a love interest, including platonic relationships and even professional crushes. “You can have a crush on a person and not be in a relationship with them, but you might be working closely with them or even be a friend,” New York City-based therapist Dr. Bukky Kolawole tells INSIDER. While crushes are rooted in fantasy and often occur when you don’t know much about someone, they can have similar biological responses as real-life relationships and romances, with hormones like dopamine released, Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago, tells INSIDER.

Crush was invented in 1916 by California chemist Neil C. Ward, who worked on the formula for four years. He was able to market the drink because of the popularity of orange soda and other soft drinks at the time. The brand is currently owned by PepsiCo, which markets the drink in over 80 countries and territories worldwide. The brand offers a variety of crowd-pleasing flavors, including Orange, Diet Orange, Strawberry, Cherry, Pineapple and Zero Sugar Orange.

While the actors in Crush make it watchable, the script does them no favors with a thin collection of quips and a lack of substance. The movie could have been so much more if it had a deeper look into its diverse cast and addressed the issue of Paige’s sexuality in a more candid way.

Despite its lack of depth, Crush is still a good time with an inclusive cast and sunny cinematography. The film is also refreshing to see a teen comedy not shy away from portraying its characters as more than mindless cardboard cutouts. However, this approach comes at a cost to the overall story and the pacing. In the end, you’re left with a predictable plot that’s reminiscent of movies you’ve seen many times before.