As I’ve mentioned, I started online dating back in the dark ages, when very few people had their pictures posted. Not only didn’t people have their pictures posted, but most of us didn’t have a digital version of ourselves to send as an attachment in an email. I remember one guy asking me for one and me freaking out about using the scanner at work (I didn’t want anyone there to know that I was using it for online dating). I ended up telling him no and, well, that was the end of that.
So all of those dates back then were basically blind dates. The guys had filled out the online forms describing themselves (height, weight, whatever) but I’d never seen any of them. And honestly, those dates don’t stand out in my memory as having been particularly bad. In fact, I met a guy I liked I lot (who I thought was totally hot) and we dated for a while (until I couldn’t deal with his baggage anymore, but that’s another story).
So I guess what I’m saying is that while looks matter, and anyone who says they don’t is lying, I kind of like blind dates. There’s something exciting about the unknown. And in some ways, it’s easier to give a person a clean slate if you have no idea what they look like, as opposed to walking into a first date with someone who you already think is gorgeous (and therefore have certain hopes and expectations).
Yeah, yeah, there’s a question here. I gather, based on how infrequently blind dates happen nowadays, that very few people are open to them. That most people would only consider a date with someone if they’ve seen a picture of that person in advance (whether it were a set up by a friend or an online dating situation). But maybe I’m wrong. I often am.
Would you go on a blind date?
- Yes. What have I got to lose. (27 votes)
- No. Sorry, I’d want to see a picture. (19 votes)
- It depends on the situation. If it were a set up by a friend: yes. If it were a stranger: no. (50 votes)
- Other. Please explain in the comments. (3 votes)
Tags: Online dating, online dating profile picture, polls