Kids grow into adults who still like to play. The dating game is a classic, just like the television show. It featured either three male or three female contestants seated behind a wall who were asked a series of questions by a person of the opposite sex. While the questioner used a pen and paper to write down questions and answers, cold hardware dictated the first date before formal introductions were made and acknowledged with a handshake or peck on the cheek. In the end bachelor or bachelorette Number 1, Number 2, or Number 3 was chosen for a date in front of a live studio audience. Viewers at home watched these couples meet on a black and white or color TV.
Even though the Dating Game ran from 1965-1986 the premise of the show channels on through a different medium. Electronics continue to record information and tell viewers who would or wouldn’t make a good date night. This concept is as unappealing to me as the hard piece of metal which digests personal information and regurgitates matches that strike up dates. Today, you can get anything on-line, even a living, breathing person. Love at first click connects you to meeting future lifetime possibilities.
When I was growing up I thought blind dates were a nail biting experience. With the delivery of my kids electronics gave birth to on-line dating. The idea of arranging simple play dates was nothing compared to this new phenomenon blowing old-fashioned meet and greets away. As a parent it is not comforting to watch my son or daughter utilize this impersonal system. No amount of Be Careful can stop a bad situation from turning scary. That’s why I was so happy recently when my son came to me and asked if he could have a girl come over our house, one that he knew from town and whom he worked and went to school with. I actually stuck my tongue out at the computer!
While I am tuning into new wavelengths I am not on board with Cloud, even though I know machines dictate to humans because we push their buttons. The live wires can go either way. For example, another son has met matches, some of them that were made in Heaven and others that went up in flames, through computer dating. These episodes kind of remind me of the Mission Impossible tapes that self-destruct in five seconds. Should you decided to accept this date request?
Back in the day the dating stage was in school, at the mall, on the boardwalk through our friends, at summer jobs; or friends set each other up. My drama took place when a friend of mine introduced me and my best friend to two guys who were also best friends. Of course, we closed the act on dating and opened the scene on marriage! This was all set up with my landline rotary telephone sending information across the wires. There was no screen shot to get acquainted with or fee to pay. You verbally asked a girl/boy out, treated or went dutch, and talked about meeting up again. You got the personal or impersonal feel while being up close.
Yes, dating could be like a carousel ride where we went round and round and dated friends of friends, but thankfully we were not subject to filling out page after page of typed up profiles. You were on a life and in person face-off! Body language and verbal conversation were the means to an end, not the word SUBMIT. Letting a machine do our bidding for future relationships just seems too robotic, even though it does tend to warm up in the end! When a computer is in control of our life it’s Game Over. And my kids are only going to be happy if it picks a winner!