Love Is Blind or Love is Blinding?

Love is Blind Season 2 Review

Love Is Blind or Love is Blinding?

Kayleigh Podolski

In February of 2020, Love is Blind made its debut on Netflix. As the pandemic soon thereafter approached, it was easy to be enraptured by the drama-filled social experiment. Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lanchey, 15 women and 15 men undergo dating with a twist: the couples are separated into pods where they can hear their potential soulmate, but not see. Couples do not get to see each other until they have committed to engagement. After six weeks in the real, outside world the couples will stand at altars and prove whether or not love truly is blind.

February 11, 2022, Love is Blind made its long-awaited return with a second season. Many single hopefuls entered the scene with rose-colored glasses as they began the process of dating 15 people all at once. 

The whole concept of Love Is Blind is to date based on emotional connections rather than physical attraction. In taking away the ability to see one another during the dating process, the environment also takes away the outside world filled with obstacles that can be very telling in how a person responds. Creating such a deep emotional connection without the social pressures of appearances is great on its surface level until it blinds participants from seeing alarming traits. Red flags like gaslighting, narcissism, deflecting, and the like can easily be brushed off with the excuse of the struggles being worth it for the emotional connection … that same emotional connection which was made in an artificial environment absent of the opinions of family members or friends or social media and physical chemistry. 

There is so much stress on creating a deep, emotional connection in a short time frame. This rush blinds people to unhealthy habits that can be seen outside the pods.

Dating without appearances not only gives an opportunity for love triangles to form, but also the positive aspect of self-discovery. As couples begin deeper, intellectual discussions, they can reflect on their values, beliefs, boundaries, insecurities and more. It is notably valuable to see growth in contestants as they begin to be less dependent on physical looks and learn the priceless beauty of emotions. This prompts one to wonder for themself: Why are my standards where they are? With many participants, there is much room for growth.

So much for blind love…
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Dating begins to unexpectedly tangle before certain couples decide to tie the knot. A juicy conflict of love triangles pop up as the men and women begin to fall in love with the same people at the same time; but only the audience can know all because for the participants, what happens in the pods stays in the pods.

When brought on to a show where to see your potential ‘soulmate’ you must get engaged, there is a lot of pressure put on a marriage. When push comes to shove, are participants, in the end, getting married to get married or getting married to marry their new love? To put emphasis on marriage over taking time to set the milestones of relationships has the potential to encourage and spark a marriage based on dreams of partnership rather than the partner.

Once couples are out of the pods, their relationship is put to the test as couples meet families and introduce their fiance. Parents meeting the fiance for the first time a couple of weeks before the wedding … easily a recipe for disaster. Meeting the parents for the first time is known to be an overwhelming ordeal, much less when the wedding is soon approaching. How would your parents react? The oddity of the situation makes it so much more entertaining and enrapturing to watch play out. Where are the boundaries? Should there be boundaries?

While Love Is Blind’s second season is definitely entertaining to the viewer, it is concerningly manipulative and misleading toward the participants. Is blind love worth blindness?