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So… anyone else out there watching “Are You The One?” That is, besides me and 13 year old girls? Don’t judge me, alright. The show is addictive. It involves 10 guys and 11 girls all searching for their “Perfect Match.” If, by the end of 10 weeks, they all pair off correctly they win $1 million. (To split, I guess? That’s not much money divided between 20 people and accounting for taxes… but something tells me people old enough to be paying taxes aren’t exactly this show’s target demo.)
It’s easy to get invested in “Are You The One?” because there’s a mystery to solve: who is everyone’s perfect match? Also, that young man Anthony is not unattractive.
If you, like me, have been addicted to the American treasure/horror show that is “Bachelor in Paradise” this summer, you are familiar with this invitation from ABC.
At first glance, this may sound like a tempting offer. Who doesn’t want to find true love? Who doesn’t want to be on television? But I’m here to advise you otherwise. In fact, in order to prove why you shouldn’t go on “The Bachelor,” I’ve run the numbers.
With the proliferation of dating websites, online profiles and matchmaking services, daters today have an incredible number of ways to meet each other. Truly, meeting the old fashioned way has become old fashioned. But amidst all of these new-fangled dating strategies, let us not forget the original Dating 2.0: TV Dating Shows!
This is the third in a series where I use my MBA class lessons to analyze the success of dating on television. Check out my previous entries on a statistical analysis of “Singled Out” and an economic view of “Blind Date.”
Up next: VH1’s Golden Age
With the proliferation of dating websites, online profiles, and matchmaking services, daters today have an incredible number of ways to meet each other. Truly, meeting the old fashioned way has become old fashioned. But amidst all of these new-fangled dating strategies, let us not forget the original Dating 2.0: TV Dating Shows!
This is the second in a series analyzing the success of dating on television. Check out my previous entry for a statistical breakdown of the popular 90’s MTV show “Singled Out.”
Up next: Blind Date!
If you’re anything like me, you spent many an afternoon watching “Blind Date” when you got home from school in the early nineties. For this reason, it holds a very special place in my heart. (Much like “Total Request Live,” and reruns of “Dawson’s Creek” and “90210.”) I also relate well to this show as a certified blind date aficionado; I have been set up on them by everyone from my friends, to my boss, to my doctor. Some of them went well, some of them were a horror show, but they were always a hysterical bumble of awkwardness that I’m sure were laughed at by everyone observing. Just like on the show!
Debuting in 1999, “Blind Date” ran for 7 seasons, giving it one of the longest on-air tenures of the entire Dating Show pantheon. Although, if you feel like you’ve seen “Blind Date” more recently than 2006, that is because it went into syndication on Spike TV, Fox Reality, and Reality TV One. “Blind Date,” man. Quite a juggernaut.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, I suppose. I mean, what is more relatable and timeless than the tensions/excitement of being set up on a blind date?
With the proliferation of dating websites, online profiles, and matchmaking services, daters today have an incredible number of ways to meet each other. Truly, meeting the old fashioned way has become old fashioned. But amidst all of these new-fangled dating strategies, let us not forget the original Dating 2.0: TV Dating Shows! Indeed, people started seeking love on television almost as soon as it was a possibility (The Dating Game debuted in 1965.) And thank goodness, because (take it from a “Rock of Love” superfan) watching people court one another other makes for pretty fantastic entertainment.
Adore Kanye West; I always have. I love his music, think he’s incredibly smart, and the scope of his ambition is inspiring to me. I’m completely un-ironic when I call him a genius, which is something I do on the reg. I found this totally beautiful. And this melted my heart. Weirdly, all of his ridiculous antics and outbursts read, to me, as vulnerability, which makes me love him even more. (For the record, he was right. That Taylor Swift video was terrible.) I know; I’m crazy. I could expand upon my long history of pining for unlike able ego-maniacs (e.g. Kobe Bryant, Justin Bobby, ahem… Scott Disick) but that’s a story for another day. The heart wants what it wants.
Speaking of inexplicable and passionate stances of the heart, I hate Kim Kardashian. Or rather, I have a very complicated relationship with Kim Kardashian. That is, I outwardly loathe her, but also give the woman a LOT of attention. I watch her show, but tell people it’s only because of Mason and his amazing hair. I regularly check her Instagram, but don’t actually follow her. Because actually following her would signal to the world that I was a fan of hers, or something, and I’m too cool/smart/proud to admit that.
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