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A blind date is a social engagement between two persons who have not previously met, usually arranged by a mutual acquaintance.
A blind date is arranged for by a mutual acquaintance of both participants, whether that person be a friend of both persons or a family member of one. The two persons who take part in the blind date have never met or seen each other, thus the name blind date. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the person who arranges the date to ensure that they are a good match. Sometimes one person is more interested in the match than the other, which may make it more difficult on the person arranging the date, to judge whether the date will be successful.
The date is usually two hours or less, as it is just a first date and is really meant to introduce the two people more than it is meant to create a marriage. Furthermore, due to the unfamiliarity of the two people the date is shorter than most because they are in the beginning stages of a relationship. The date is also very adventurous in the way that neither party knows what to expect and whether or not they will hit it off. The location of the date is also affected by the spontaneity in that it is often a neutral and public place so that both parties feel comfortable.
Online Dating 
Blind dating appears to be a thing of the past. People are less likely to set their friends up on blind dates because there is too much risk involved or there are too many other mediums used to meet new people. The most common trend today is to sign up for an online dating service. “There are over 20 million eHarmony and 15 million Match.com users. There are also another 30 million Plenty of Fish users. So in those 3 sites alone (there are thousands of others out there too) there are 65 million online daters”. This means that 13% of Americans use an online dating website. This trend is not only limited to America; it is a worldwide phenomenon. In fact, China has the most online dating profiles, numbering 1.4 billion users.
These online dating services do the same thing that friends used to do, the services ask questions in the form of a survey in order to get to know you better as a person and to understand what you are looking for in a relationship. Then the online resource will find a profile that matches many of your characteristics or as many of your relationship requests as possible. Using this information, you are able to set up your own dates with potential matches. In theory, this is the newest generation of blind dating.
Online dating has seen much success in recent years “17% of couples married in the last 3 years, or 1 in 6, met each other on an online dating site” and “1 out of 5 single people have dated someone they met on an online dating site”. This is according to a study done by Match.com in an effort to determine how much impact their services are having on the way relationships develop today.
Finally, there are thousands of online dating websites, however, eHarmony has the most participants with 20 million profiles and Match.com has the second most profiles with 15 million.
Successful Blind Dating 
The first step to a blind date is to prepare for the encounter. It is important to search for information on the person who will be going on the date. Looking at online profiles or asking the mutual friend who arranged the date is a common method for receiving information. Another aspect of preparation for a date is choose a location for the date.
Many dating websites recommend that the location of the first date is in public and that someone knows where and when the date is supposed to take place for safety reasons. It is also suggested that instead of just informing someone of where you will be going on your date, you have an escape plan that is not only believable, but can actually be implemented. An escape plan can be as simple as making dinner plans with a family member or a night out with a friend who you can easily call to cancel your plans if the date is going well, or a friend you can have call you so you have a believable end to the date.
Next, you must prepare what you will look like for your blind date. It is important to dress appropriately for the occasion so that you can present the best version of yourself and so that you are comfortable, therefore making the date more likely to be successful.
Many dating websites recommend that you remember that both parties in the blind dating experience can be nervous or inexperienced, so it is important to keep an open mind and give your date a fair chance to make a good impression. Finally, it is important that you be yourself and you remain honest throughout the evening. It is possible that not all dates will end in a relationship, so being honest about what you want to happen after the blind date is important to remember.
In Popular Culture 
Shown in Entertainment 
- Seinfeld - In Season 3 Episode 16, "George says that he would never sink to fix-ups, saying that a fix-up is one step away from prostitution or personal ads (However, in The Race he replies to a personal ad in the Daily Worker). Jerry and Elaine set George up with Elaine's friend Cynthia."
- Parental Control - An MTV reality show where parents pick two dates for their son or daughter. The parents ask the candidates a series of questions in order to pick the best two. After each of the dates the son or daughter chooses whether they would like to stay with their current significant other or if they would like to start a new relationship with one of the blind dates.
- Blind Date - An American dating game show that aired in syndication from September 1999 to September 2006. Hosted by Roger Lodge, the series was distributed by Universal Worldwide Television. It was later distributed by NBCUniversal.
- The Choice - an American television show where male celebrities sit with their backs facing a stage. The female contestants then have a specific amount of time on stage to win the affection of the male celebrities. If the men are interested, they turn their chairs. At the end of each show, the men choose a woman to go on a date with.
- The Dating Game - A game show created by Chuck Barris where a single woman would sit on one side of a wall and three bachelors would sit on the other side. Each male participant would answer questions from the woman and at the end of the show, she would choose a candidate to go on a blind date with. This game even prompted its own board game line.
- The Bachelor - An American television show which started in 2002 where a single man goes on dates with 25 women who wish to become his wife. The women live together in one household and are competing in an elimination game for a rose, an invitation from the bachelor to stay another week. This show has prompted other spin-off shows like The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad.
- Blind Date - A 1934 American film starring Ann Sothern and Neil Hamilton
- Blind Date - An American movie where Walter Davis (Bruce Willis) gets set up on a blind date with Nadia (Kim Bashinger) by his brother so he can have a date to his office party.
International Blind Dating 
Korean blind dating customs are preferred rather than other dating techniques. There are two kinds of blind dates in Korea: “mee-ting” and “sogeting”. Mee-ting blind dates are group dates with no strings attached. College students are usually the ones to participate in this kind of dating technique. A sogeting date usually includes less alcohol than a mee-ting date. It’s also for people who are “single and looking”.
Why is blind dating so popular in Korea? Marriage, like in most Asian cultures, is the number one priority in their lives. It’s tradition to get married and start a family so sogeting is an easy way to meet other singles who are looking for the same thing. The ideal outcome of a date is to get engaged, married, and then have children.
Popular Chinese practice 
Parents find their children blind dates in parks. “Spouse-hunting fairs in big city parks organized by parents eager to see their children tie the knot have made parks in China a haven for relationship hunters and their parents” . Zhongshan Park has been the location for six years where parents go to seek partners for their children. This process begins by the parents sitting on bench with their child’s credentials, such as photos and academic or career information. After information has been exchanged and the parents like what they see, questions are asked about anything ranging from their child’s zodiac sign to their place of residence. If everything runs smoothly during the second step, contact information is exchanged. This process altogether can be very stressful for the parents and the child because they are not always in agreement. This makes it even more difficult for a partner to be found. Li, a middle-aged man who has experienced blind dating says he has met women “who have no intention of finding a boyfriend. Meeting me is merely to indulge their parents”.
See also 
- "Light My Route of Blind Dating". MetaFilter. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Molloy, Angela. "5 Rules for Great Blind Dates". TheStreet. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Online Dating Statistics: How Many People Date Online?". OnlineDatingdvd. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Discovery Channel. "How do online dating sites match people up?". Discovery Communications. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
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- Heidi. (2005, October 20). 10 tips for blind dating. [Blog]. Retrieved from http://relationshipguide.blogspot.com/2005/10/10-tips-for-blind-dating.html
- Levin, Gary. "Fox's celeb 'blind'-date spin on 'The Voice': 'The Choice'". USA Today. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Kim, Violet. "Korea: The land of freaky, funny love". CNN. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Blind Date In Korea - Why?". Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- LI, L. (2010). "Truly Blind Dating".. Beijing Review, 53(26), 24. Retrieved from http://ehis.ebscohost.com/eds/detail?sid=d1c944ff-46ac-41a3-b74f-7879dbe4ec49%40sessionmgr113&vid=1&hid=103&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=a9h&AN=51907167
- LI, L. (2010). "Truly Blind Dating". . Beijing Review, 53(26), 24. Retrieved from http://ehis.ebscohost.com/eds/detail?sid=d1c944ff-46ac-41a3-b74f-7879dbe4ec49%40sessionmgr113&vid=1&hid=103&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=a9h&AN=51907167