Five Lessons Learned From Watching Dating Shows
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My favorite reality show is this dating game show called If You Are The One. It is based on the Califronia game show Taken Out. If you are familiar with Take Me Out, The Bachelor, and The Bachelorette then we are on the same page. During the show, I look at what contestants wear, how they introduce themselves, and how they ask and answer questions. Dating shows are very entertaining to watch but also very educational. Why? You see examples of what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t have time to keep up with each episode, the following list is a quick summary of what you need to know:

  1. Always dress to impress.

For God’s sake you are on TV! Can’t you at least put on your best outfit? You are what you wear is just as true as you are what you eat. To the female contestants that dress in Japanese Lolita outfits—comic con is already over, dear!

  1. Never sing when asked to introduce yourself.

Unless you are Adam Lambert or Adele, please don’t get creative and start singing when asked by the host to introduce yourself. I am sure your friends were just friendly about your karaoke talent. Don’t take them serious. Unless of course, you want to take a vocal class and brush up on those skills.

  1. Don’t judge too fast.

There were many incidents where female contestants turned off their lights (not interested) after a male contestant’s first appearance on the show. At least give the poor fellow a chance to introduce himself! I love to see their facial expressions when the host announced that the guy they just rejected is a physicists or some sort of science wiz. The moral lesson here is to never judge a book by its cover.

  1. Lack of hobbies means you have no character.

Prior to going on the show, contestants should be prepared to discuss their hobbies. Even recruiters ask candidates what are their hobbies. If you show no interest in anything, others would assume that you are not a passionate person. The best way to figure out what activities you like (and dislike) is to try them.

  1. Compliment over nitpick.

Some female contestants were particularly harsh with their negative comments on male contestants’ clothes (like his socks), appearance, and height. They’ll nitpick almost about everything. If you don’t have anything pleasant to say, keep it to yourself and take it to your grave. The world is better without it!


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