Originally Posted by famita
Oohh, that's a COOL idea but I'd modify it somewhat...I'd wait to implement this plan until after a couple of Plain Jane series have aired. Then there'd be an equal number of Average Joes and Plain Janes. Send them on a buttload of group dates and normal one-on-one dates (not extravagant), and air what develops, if anything.
We are a voyeuristic society--we love to see the private development of love--and it's somewhat elusive since all these contestants know they're being filmed and they can change their actions accordingly. Doing this kind of Plain Jane/Average Joe mix WON'T change the lack-of-privacy issue, but it would make a more NORMAL dating environment, which in turn could elicit more realistic behavior from these candidates.
The final truth of the matter is that NO ONE knows the recipe for love. We can fake it (at least for the duration of a series and up to a year later) by making superb physical appearance one of the ingredients. But take away the looks, and all we really have to inspire love is what's underneath. And the truth of the matter is that most of what's "underneath" is not all that love-inspiring.
The Average Joe series has been an excellent intro into what causes love. But it's by no means the final say. I would be highly interested in seeing a show put together by eHarmoney.com or some other personality-matching organization...TO SEE IF THERE TRULY IS A WAY TO INCREASE ONE'S CHANCE OF FINDING LOVE.
I feel that both the Bachelor(& ette) series' and the Average Joe series' have proven beyond a doubt that humans do NOT yet know the recipe for love, and that physical appearance is an unreliable indicator. (Of course we all know that, but yet we can't fight the physical lure within us. Why is that?)
(As a side note, these shows have fostered a theory that women are better at picking a mate than men--I hope that gets more study in the future.)