Girls Night In

the blog for single, over-40 women

Is the Blind Date Dead?

on January 30, 2014
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Image courtesy admar/

I heard somewhere recently that since the advent of online dating sites and social media the blind date is dead. I don’t know if that is true or not. All I know is that I haven’t been set up on one in a long time, and for that I’m thankful. Frankly, the term “blind date” strikes horror in my heart.

Okay, maybe that’s a little overly dramatic. I do have a friend who met her husband as the result of a blind date. They’ve been happily married now for 12 years and have three beautiful children. My luck with the infamous blind date never ran even close to that.

One of the reasons that I had such a hard time with blind dates is that the criteria of the friends who set up the dates was often merely that the guy and I were both single, therefore our friends thought we would make a good couple. My friend who married her blind date had a different experience, I think, because the two instigators of the date realized that the datees had some things in common and based their decision to set up the blind date on that.

The blind date may or may not be dead, but some careful thought as to why two people should be set up goes a long way toward making the experience more enjoyable for both. 

What do you think–is the blind date dead? What are your experiences with blind dates?


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