The best blind dates for blind people have become increasingly popular over the last few years.
In 2014, a blind date on New Year’s Eve became the first online date ever to be streamed live to thousands of viewers.
Today, dating sites like Tinder and OkCupid offer millions of dates available to choose from, as well as online dating services like Bumble and Grindr.
But what do these services have in common?
They’re all blind dates, according to experts.
Here’s a look at what they’re all about.
What are blind dates?
Blind dates are online events where a person or a group of people can choose to meet in a private room and chat for an hour or two.
They’re usually for people who have a disability or who are looking for someone with special needs.
These events can be scheduled anywhere, with the option of choosing between a coffee shop, hotel or a local restaurant.
While it’s a good way to meet new people, they’re also more common for people with disabilities because the people you meet are often unable to see what you’re wearing.
A lot of these events are designed to help people with special challenges find dates, says Rachel Sargent, a disability expert and spokesperson for the National Alliance for the Blind.
There are two main ways to meet someone blind: face-to-face or through a computer-generated screen.
Both methods can be successful depending on the person you’re meeting.
But while face-off and computer-based blind dates are generally easier to set up, they can be a lot more involved, especially if the person is having difficulty communicating.
The main difference between face-and-screen dates and blind dates is that the person has to pick a specific date from a list, while the blind person doesn’t.
There’s also a difference in how the dates are held.
Face-to of dates held in a public venue usually involve people sitting at a table with a microphone to communicate, while computer-rendered blind dates usually have the event held in their home or workplace.
A recent study conducted by the University of Arizona found that, for some people, face-based dates were more likely to be successful because they allowed for people to talk about themselves and other people, as opposed to talking about a date they were choosing.
What’s in it for the person who wants to meet?
There are many reasons why people choose to participate in a blind dating event, says Sargant.
If you want someone to meet with you blind, she says, you want it to be fun and relaxed.
“You want people who are enjoying the process, and you want them to be relaxed, which is what makes these events so good,” she says.
Another advantage of face- and computer created dates is the person choosing the date can choose a number of things to say to make it more personal.
A date might be held at a coffeehouse, where you can talk about your interests, like books you’ve read or music you listen to.
Or the date could be held in your own home.
Sargents study found that if you can choose what you want people to say about you, it can make for more fun.
“There’s a certain amount of time that you’re able to spend with someone, and that’s really what blind dates offer,” she explains.
How do you choose who to meet blind?
When it’s time to choose your date, it’s easy to get distracted by the fact that someone else might be looking for you, but Sargants advice is to get together with a group first.
“The more people you can meet, the more likely you are to meet,” she advises.
“If you’re looking for a date who has a disability, it might be easier to get to know them first, and then talk about their disability,” she adds.
If someone who has no disabilities has no interest in meeting blind people, then it might make sense to go face-only, says David Nelms, a consultant for the blind dating community.
That’s because the blind can’t communicate and don’t have a good sense of what they want.
But for people like Sargens, the people they’re looking at don’t need to be strangers, and they can share the same interests and values as them.
If it’s more of a group date, then the person with a disability can choose who is the group’s host, says Nelm.
“For example, if you’re going to meet a friend with an autistic child, that might be a great way to introduce yourself and get to understand them better.”
Sargs also recommends that people don’t choose dates based on what they can see on a map, as this can make them feel awkward and uncomfortable.
“People who have disabilities are more likely than the general population to see people differently, so it makes sense to find out where they are in terms of their disability, so they can learn