A few weeks ago, at the urging of quite literally everyone around me, I decided to watch the first episode of Netflix’s Love Is Blind.
For the uninitiated, Love Is Blind is a dating reality show in which singles “who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating where they hope to meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with...without ever having seen them.” (That’s how the streaming service describes it.) The gist is that 30 men and women get to know each other in “pods” where they can’t see each other. If they make a meaningful connection, they get engaged and eventually—ideally (?)—get married and live happily ever after.
Armed with a glass of New Zealand sauvignon blanc, I settled into a comfy spot in my apartment, hit play and… lasted 11 minutes.
During those 11 minutes, my face was affixed in a permanent cringe and I was half covering my eyes with a blanket. Between the forced baby voices and awkward pauses in conversations between total strangers who would soon be married, I saw no other option than to immediately turn off the program and switch to a palate cleanser that would wash my mouth of the taste of overwhelming discomfort. (It was Derry Girls, thank you so much for asking.)