I recently was talking to a male friend about how I had tried to set up a female friend of mine with a male coworker. The male friend said that he did not like blind dates because he felt they were artificial and too pressured. He said he would prefer to meet someone in a group setting without knowing the inviter’s intentions, and have it be “natural.” He also said that being the matchmaker has too many risks of backfiring.
I have the opposite view. I don’t mind blind dates because I don’t feel pressure from them. The probability that you are going to hit it off with a stranger, even a preselected stranger, can’t be that high, so you might as well just be normal and let the chips fall as they may, instead of gearing yourself up to put on a show for a complete stranger. I also don’t think that most of the time, your relationship with the matchmaker is going to be ruined, unless the matchmaker has such horrible taste that you have an awful, unforgivable time (but wouldn’t you know in advance if your matchmaking friend had terrible taste?). At least SOMEONE thought of you and was trying to help you.
So, readers: blind dates – yay or nay? Weigh in in the comments!