Blind date

From ArticleWorld

Traditionally, blind dates have been arranged by a third party, often someone who knows one or both members of the potential couple. Oftentimes this common friend sees something – either in their personalities, attitudes or appearance – in both couples that will cause them to like or respond to each other.

Blind dates are the source of horror stories told for years to follow. But with proper set-up and planning they can work.

Technology and the blind date

A dating system strives to improve matchmaking via rules or technology. Recently, arranged lunch dates (such as those offered by “It’s Just Lunch”) or speed dating (where participants meet a high number of potential mates in a short period of time) are taking hold of the blind-dating world.

Blind dates are also often arranged through the Internet, where participants fill out profiles that are displayed to interested parties. Phone dating also plays a role; customers call a common voice mail or server and get connected to one another. Blind dates can also be arranged via video services, newspaper personals or computer matchmaking.

Dating television shows, like the appropriately named “Blind Date” have glamorized the process for many.

Going on a blind date

Many individuals have opinions on how to best handle a blind date. Common advice often includes:

  1. getting to know the person before agreeing to meet in person over the phone or lover the Internet,
  2. picking a casual, comfortable location,
  3. dressing appropriately and
  4. keeping an open mind.