Get out of my sight! This TV show has the key to better couple ...

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Get out of my sight! This TV show has the key to better couple rows

Speaking to your partner without seeing them can entirely change the nature of a relationship, it seems

Lauren Libbert

The latest hit Netflix reality show Love Is Blind works off a brilliant premise: that people can fall in love and agree to get married without ever laying eyes on one another.

Billed as a social experiment, 15 women and 15 men are introduced in tiny “pods” – separate rooms in which they can hear, but not see, their partner. Fuelled by alcohol, they are encouraged to get to know each other and, within a matter of days, propose. Newly engaged, the show then compresses years of dating into a matter of weeks when six of the couples finally meet face to face, go on a pre-wedding holiday to Mexico, move in together, meet the families (at least, the willing ones), then ultimately decide whether they want to go ahead with the weddings.

It makes for addictive television, but it is the pod vs real-world relationship that is most eye-opening. In the pods, without any of the visual cues that usually derail the dating process – like being too old, too blonde, too short – the couples don’t feel judged and can share their true feelings. Stripped down to only their voices, they expose their difficult childhoods, loneliness, even the pain of a secret abortion, to virtual strangers, self-analysing in a way that couples in the early throes of dating hardly ever do...

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