Love is Blind: The TV Show Social Experiment That Moves Too Fast


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Vanessa and Nick Lachey, a married couple, are the co-hosts of the new Netflix Original Series, “Love is Blind”. The premise of the show is that 15 men and 15 women are kept in the same building, but are not allowed to see each other. The only times that they are able to speak with each other are when they go on dates in the pods.


The pods are soundproof rooms that each have one non-soundproof wall that is connected to one other pod. The occupants of the pods that are “connected” can speak with each other, but can never see each other.


The show’s theme is to test one overhanging moral question: Is love blind?


The contestants cannot see each other until they are engaged, but there is one catch: the contestants only have 10 days to get engaged. I think that this in itself contributes to the rushed, shallow feeling of the show. The contestants feel so pressured to find love in this situation that they rush into a decision that is theoretically life-changing.


The show, in my opinion, is a good idea that fails in practice. The contestants rush to get engaged so that they can finally meet each other. In some cases, it works out, such as the successful love story of two contestants, Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton. In many other cases, however, the contestants don’t “click,” so they move on to meet someone else.


One unsuccessful and heartbreaking failure of the experiment is that some questions fail to be answered in regards to heavily controversial topics, such as sexuality. In one particular example, contestants Carlton Morton and Diamond Jack get engaged and meet in the real world. Things were going smoothly until Carlton told her that he had also dated men in the past and that he was bisexual. Diamond reacted with negativity, and the relationship fell apart.


In general, only so many things can be said in ten days. I think that a major flaw of the show was that people only had so much time, and time restraints cause people to feel pressured, especially when it comes to decisions that people feel are important, such as engagement.


The show is entertaining, despite its flaws, but it has a hard time finding the balance between shallow and meaningful.