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Looking for Love: Couple Reports Back on Blind Date

Looking for Love: Couple Reports Back on Blind Date

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(KSL News) This is a natural time of year to examine the way people look for love.

For many Utahns, the blind date is seen as a necessary evil, but is it really all that bad? Coco Warner followed two local singles on a blind date, hoping to give the rest of us some feedback.

Kasey and Stacy met yesterday morning. Both bravely agreed to get set up on a blind date and let our camera capture the experience. By following them, our hope was to debunk some of the myths that surround blind dates and see if some of the fears are based in reality.

Kasey Kershaw is from Salt Lake City. He's 31 years old and works in real estate. Stacy Barton comes from Provo. She's 24 and a nurse.

Despite nerves on both sides, the date started off well. Stacy and Kasey headed to Market Street Grill for some breakfast, where they talked about everything from family to sports. Both have had their share of blind dates.

Stacy Barton: "I've been on quite a few, actually. I don't know a number, but I've been on quite a few."

Kasey Kershaw: "I've had good experiences. Primarily I've had the experience of, 'This is the kind of person people think I should be dating?'"

Both have slightly different attitudes on their initial meeting.

Stacy Barton: "I don't think you know immediately. For me, I don't. I think it takes me longer to get to know."

Kasey Kershaw: "I don't know what the statistical thing is. I think guys instantly know if they're interested or not in the girl."

And both have blind date advice.

Stacy Barton: "Just keeping it kind of casual. I mean, you don't have to go to these extravagant things. Go to dinner at an average place. One fun thing we did is the guy rented those double bikes and we just went on a bike ride."

Which is what dating experts recommend-- keep the date simple. Sporting events are a good choice because you can talk during the game. At the very least, you're making a new friend, which seems to be the case for our couple.

Stacy Barton: "I was really nervous in the beginning. But, you know, it's been good. He's easy to talk to, so it's been really good."

Kasey Kershaw: "I think she's really pretty. I don't think there's a personality match there, but I had a good time."

So there wasn't a love match. But both said they had a good time, and both were such great sports.

It's difficult to find statistics to show how successful blind dates are. But personal testimonies tells us that some blind dates have even led to marriage. You do have a better chance of liking someone introduced to you by a friend versus a family member-- 17% compared to 12%.

Please send us your comments about blind dates.

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