Blind dating is a common tactic that happens when two people are set up on a date through a friend or a co-worker, typically someone who knows both parties and believes they would make a great couple. In all cases, the person you will be going out with will be someone you have never met or spoken to before. Typically you might not even have an idea what the other person looks like, but if you’re lucky, you might get to see a picture.

If a friend who knows you well recommends going on a blind date, you might want to consider it. If your friend knows the other person as well as they know you, who knows, they might be right about the two of you connecting and getting along well together. If it’s someone you don’t know very well, you might want to be a little bit more cautious. You should try to know as much information about the person and be sure your friend knows the other person well before you agree to go on the date. You really want to be sure it won’t be a disaster.

It’s pretty common to be nervous about going on a blind date because, well, first off it’s kind of awkward. You don’’t know if they will like you and you don’’t know if you will like them. But, if you can meet new people confidently it should be really easy. Once you get past the initial greeting though, you really have to get to know your date. Naturally you’ll have a lot of questions for each other, hopefully you have some good ones prepared ahead of time so you can find out if they’re the one for you. However, even if the two of you decide that you aren’t compatible, you might meet someone who becomes a very good friend in the long run.

One key factor to look for is chemistry. Keep in mind though that chemistry might be overshadowed by awkwardness. That’s why it’s important to be confident and relaxed. Some people really enjoy blind dates, and many of them turn into successful relationships if the right people set the two of you up. That and if you’re actually right for each other.

If you ever get the chance to go on a blind date, do it. It’s a certainly an adventure and even if it goes horribly bad, you’ll have an awesome story to tell about it to your friends someday.

~Matt Adams