For some, it was “love at first sight,” and for others, the first sight was the first date. Whether set up by friends, family, or a matchmaking/dating service like ours, it turns out that almost half of America’s dating population has been on a blind date! The 57 percent that have not had the experience of blindly meeting a stranger and hoping for a connection are nearly balanced between 56% of men and 58% of women. Perhaps not surprisingly, divorcees were significantly less likely to test the blind date waters than singles with 7:10 singles having enjoyed the pleasure to 1:2 divorcees not blindly dating.
Among those who have chosen not to brave the unknown, the highest demographic by race were Hispanics, by age 18-24, and straight Americans with income of less than $25, 000. Hispanic men and women were 30 percent more likely to have never taken part in a blind date compared to Caucasians. Older Americans aged 65 and up were the most likely to have gone on a blind date and Americans residing in the South were also the most likely to have had the pleasure.
With more Americans than not having had a blind date, research proves that most people enjoy these encounters and look forward to them with high levels of optimism. We encourage blind dates at Premier Match and offer our readers that gentle nudge that if you haven’t tried, give it a shot. While the encounter might feel awkward at first, hang in there, we have witnessed thousands of blind dates that have turned into relationships involving “happily ever after.”