We believe in love at first sight but the theory doesn't work quite as well if you take vision out of the equation.
Imagine falling for someone you've barely met let alone never laid eyes on? This is not the premise for a faceless Facebook application. It's the new Fox reality television show titled, "I Married a Stranger."
"Production has already been completed on the pilot," reports Variety, "which centers on a woman who is in her late 30s and is eager to get hitched. A group of friends and family are presented with five eligible men, and the group slowly picks off the guys until one is left standing."
The last man standing will then marry his blindfolded bride at the end of the episode and together, the pair will hope and pray that these friends of theirs didn't do them wrong. Read: Matchmaker, Matchmaker
Of all the 5 senses, sight happens to rank pretty high on our list when it comes to getting to know someone. Sound, smell, touch and taste are all top contenders but sight is definitely our favorite way of identifying a soul mate.
Taking the premise of the show into consideration, however, we'll assume that love is blind and reflect upon what other sense makes sense as a suitable alternative.
While a man's voice can reveal his sensitive side or his country of origin, in this day and age, when do we really get to communicate anyway? Much of our modern dating strategy depends on technology, which means a woman will sooner hear the sound of her iPhone vibrate than she will her suitor's voice.
Smell is essential but let's face it, a little soap and water can do wonders. If a guy doesn't have it going on in the odor department, every holiday is an opportunity to alter his chemical imbalance. Cologne, after shave and even mouthwash make great gifts and will do the trick.
A man's touch is ever-so-telling. Especially when your shoulders are on the receiving end of a strong set of hands. And when the lights go off, none of the other senses matter quite as much as the feel of his touch. However, in life, as in sex, the lights aren't always down and when you open your eyes, you better like what you see.
As far as taste goes, there's no excuse for unfresh breath. Some couples wake up in the middle of the night just to brush their teeth so morning sex is more magical. We also recommend sticking something in your purse to ensure that your relationship never puts a sour taste in your mouth. Watch: Women and Their Purses: The Male Take
Now back to sight. If you never get a good look at your guy, you can't very well tell if there's something soulful behind those eyes. A person's eyes reveal more about them than another other body part. Blue, brown or hazel, the eyes have it all.
We wish the contestants of "I Married a Stranger" well and will have our own eyes glued to the tv when the show airs. It's not that we're cynical that they won't find love, it's just that they may be scrounging around for it in the dark.