Blind dates are not so blind any­more

Central Otago Mirror - - OPINION -

Many moons ago when I was maybe 20 a friend set me up on a blind date with her boyfriend’s mate.

The four of us went out for a cheap Ital­ian meal. To cut a long story short it was not a suc­cess.

I found him pompous and I sus­pect he viewed me as in­cred­i­bly dizzy.

Back then I was a hippy with an ex­ten­sive wardrobe of tie dyed clothes and he was a grad­u­ate ac­coun­tant. He also thought tales of his fam­ily’s wealth might im­press me. I found it te­dious. It was not a well con­sid­ered at­tempt at match­mak­ing.

An ar­ti­cle caught my at­ten­tion re­cently. The gist was that in the cy­ber world there’s rarely such a thing as a true blind date. Once you have a name, our friends Google and Face­book can of­ten pro­vide plenty of in­for­ma­tion at the click of the mouse. Po­ten­tially you could write a date’s CV be­fore even meet­ing him. I thought of the pasta night, and laughed at the mem­o­ries. Life was so dif­fer­ent then.

Be­fore the in­ter­net was so preva­lent, the mys­tery of a blind date was half the fun of it. Drink­ing wine with flat­mates while spec­u­lat­ing about the po­ten­tial date with only sparse de­tails to go on was great en­ter­tain­ment.

When you can’t re­sist typ­ing a name into your iPhone there’s no need to imag­ine. But what is achieved? No mat­ter how much you search on­line, you’ll never know if the sparks will fly un­til you meet in per­son. ◗ Queen­stown’s Sin­gle Girl is look­ing for true love. Ad­vice and po­ten­tial can­di­dates should be emailed to mir­ror@stl.co.nz

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