Blind dates are not so blind anymore
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 firstname.lastname@example.org