If you’ve been on a blind date, then you know the ritual: the awkward handshake to start, the awkward dinner and small talk, the awkward “should we kiss, hug, shake hands” moment at the end of the date, the awkward “how to say no to date number two” moment.
Oh, the list goes on.
But there are some things that make some blind dates better than others, and we can thank our friends over at GLAMOUR for summing these up for us.
In essence, they say that it’s BETTER TO GO ON A BLIND DATE SET UP BY A FRIEND THAN IT IS TO GO ON A DATE WITH A TOTAL AND COMPLETE STRANGER.
Why? Mainly because when it’s a “friend of a friend”, there are more obligations to the matchmaker on both sides to – at the very least – make it sound like it was a pleasant experience even if the date itself is a disaster and will never be repeated. It’s like social networking, but with people!
Here’s some of what else they found in their survey:
- When it’s a friend of a friend (“FOF”), dates are more likely to pick up the bill than they are to stiff you with the check
- FOFs are more likely to consider a relationship
- Strangers are more likely to lie about what they do for a living, lie about their age, lie about their previous relationships.
- Strangers are more likely to try to hook up with you for a one-night stand
In your dating world, do you prefer dating FOFs or strangers? Which has had the better outcome for you?