During this time of social distancing, many of us are binge-watching shows such as “Love is Blind
” and “Too Hot to Handle
” on Netflix
. Watching television can serve as a distraction from our anxious
thoughts but it definitely does not replace the need for human interaction.
The show “Love is Blind” questions if it is possible for singles to find a match and fall in love without seeing each other face-to-face. Couples are first introduced to each other as they date in “pods” as part of a social experiment before ever meeting in person. Believe it or not, I met my partner online and “fell in love” before meeting face to face. We communicated for many months through phone and email before meeting. I was intrigued to see if couples who formed “emotional connections” on the show could possibly sustain this after meeting face to face and including all the other variables of “life” outside the comfort of their pods.
Reverse back at least 20 years ago to the days before Tinder, Bumble, OK Cupid, and Grindr. Depending on your age, we may have to go way back to a time with limited technology where dating started with a face-to-face meeting, maintained by contact through meetings or by phone. Maybe you wrote a personal ad, traditionally in newspapers which made its transformation to online dating before smartphones, Facebook, and Snapchat. Nowadays, most young people are relying on dating apps. Considering that dating is already hard for so many, check out this video on Why Dating is Hard for Millenials: