'Love Is Blind' opened my eyes
Love Is Blind is the experimental dating show of the moment. Presented by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, the must-see series follows a group of 30 people, (15 men and 15 women) who during 10 days get to know each other in what are known as pods, where they spend time chatting to each other, without ever seeing each other. If the daters hit it off and fall in love during the experiment, they have the possibility to propose and only once the proposal is accepted, do they get to see each other for the first time and meet in person. Once they chose to get engaged, viewers follow their journey via a couples' retreat where they move in together and meet each other's family and friends leading up to their wedding. Since it's creation in 2018, 4 couples over 2 seasons have said 'I do' and are still together to this day.
Although the experiment may seem a little farfetched for the most skeptical amongst us, the proof is there, it works, and we can therefore fall for someone we've never even seen a photo of. The idea of the pods helps to favor authentic connections between the couples and evidently removes the superficiality aspect of dating, meaning the participants can explore their true potential and chemistry without focusing on their physical criteria.
Lauren and Cameron from season 1 prove that the experiment does guarantee happiness
Now whilst not all couples go on to live happily ever after, one couple has restored our faith in love, and that is, of course, Lauren and Cameron. Lauren, a content creator from Detroit, Michigan, first met Cameron Hamilton, a data scientist from Lee, Maine, during the filming of Season 1 of 'Love is Blind' in 2018. The couple hit it off since their very first conversation and are still together to this day. Whilst in the pods, they talked about their respective professions, and Cameron even shared that her mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. So, Lauren and Cameron quickly formed an emotional bond and were comfortable opening up to each other. So it was no surprise that Cameron proposed to her just five days after meeting her. They became the first couple to get engaged in Season 1 and are still together to this day!
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Focusing on looks gets in the way of true chemistry
If you're anything like me, you'll have a type, in my case, that's tall, dark, ruggedly handsome, with a few muscles in the right places. For years, I was adamant that finding someone who I was instantly attracted to would make me happy, but, in reality, it never did. Despite dating guys that I found attractive, I was never satisfied. The conversations soon dried up, we had nothing in common, we never had the same goals, and I eventually realized that no matter how chiseled a guy's jaw was, it would never be enough to overlook the red flags. In short, looks aren't everything and having things in common and a true sparks are completely priceless elements.
I fell in love with someone online
Soon after coming to the realization that looks are only skin deep, and also after deciding that I'd been seriously let down in love too many times, I resorted to downloading dating apps to find the man of my dreams. After all, perhaps it was time to focus on creating a real connection rather than talking to men I was physically attracted to about protein shakes... Now, online dating may not seem like the best way to find true love - what if your boyfriend turns out to be a catfish?! What if they are a secret serial killer?! So many interrogations swirl around your head in an online relationship, but it's a proven method to find 'the one'. In fact, in 2019, 39% of heterosexual American couples met online, and I've never been happier about being included in a statistic!
Meaningful conversations are more attractive than good looks
When I started a long distance relationship with my current partner, we'd never even met in real life! Okay, so my story is perhaps a little less wild than the Love Is Blind experiment because I'd seen his photo, but before meeting in real life, I'd definitely already fallen head over heels for my boyfriend and learned that looks truly don't matter because our connection was deep and founded. Everything was just so different with him, and he really changed my life for the better. Despite the distance, our conversations were like nothing I'd ever experienced before, to the point where we'd regularly stay up chatting all night long and never get bored. The emotional and physical chemistry was undeniable despite the fact that he certainly wouldn't have been my type a few years ago, that being said, he's undoubtedly the one for me.
Editor's opinion - Every love story is different
Falling in love is a unique experience and can happen anywhere, as long as we forget about superficial boundaries which imprison us. Opening ourselves up to other possibilities and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone regularly lead us to exciting discoveries that meet needs we didn't even know we had. If you retain anything from this article, make it be that looks aren't everything and shouldn't be prioritized over true chemistry.
🤗 Understand yourself, accept yourself, be happy... Let’s do it here and now!
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