I watched it, I’ll admit it. People have said once you start watching it that it becomes addictive, but that’s a trend with most of these reality show about finding true love. I mean did we ever think “Bachelor Nation,” would exist for all these years? It is a cultural phenomena which many reality shows try to piggy back on in an effort to make money for a particular TV platform. Case in point, Netflix comes out with their version of a reality series about finding love.
“Love is Blind” is a reality series on Netflix and is described on Wikipedia as the following:
The series follows thirty men and women hoping to find love. For ten days in a speed dating format, the men and women date each other in different “pods” where they can talk to each other, but not see each other. Whenever they decided, the men were able to propose to the woman they want to get married to. After the proposal, and meeting face-to-face for the first time, the engaged couples headed to a couples retreat in Mexico During this trip they spent time getting to know their partners, and were able to meet the other couples participating in the experiment.
Now here’s my issue with this particular show. Throughout this series the couples refer to the show as an “experiment,” which after awhile started to get under my skin. How is this different then people who meet in chat rooms and never see each other face-to face for what can be weeks or months then finally meet “blindly? Or, all those dating websites that allow people to put up profiles that may or may not be true? Half the time people lie on their profiles about their age, or weight, or financial income status. So, in that respect, love is blind when you are lying to people about the real you, so this show is not a new experiment, yet frames itself as innovative in the social dating world. How many people alter their Instagram pics to make them look more attractive, or thinner, or enhance parts of their physique? When I see people on Facebook put up new profile pics up with tons of filters I cringe, but it’s socially acceptable and somewhat the norm.
Going back to the show, just don’t claim to call your series new and attempt to reinvent the wheel with a social experiment when all you are doing is tweaking what has already been done in popular culture for decades. Even worse, don’t make your contestants on the show think they are engaging in a new experiment that is going to make them find true love via “blind” love.
Having said that, they released the reunion show on Netflix today and yes, I do plan on watching it.