#onlinedating | Blind Date: Nikhita and Josh were both looking for someone genuine after giving up on online dating | #bumble | #tinder | #pof

Drinks were split when early childhood educator Nikhita and disability support worker Josh met up at south Fremantle bar Percy Flint.

Nikhita, 24, says:

I saw him as soon I got to the restaurant and he was just looking at me. I thought he was really cute.

Camera IconNikhita: bubbly and energetic. Credit: Jackson Flindell

I was really nervous and was like, “oh my God, that’s him” and I split my drink all over my pants.

This was my first blind date and his too, so I’m glad that we were in the same position.

We spoke about our lives and things that we were interested in, family and work.

He said he was looking for someone that he can connect with and we started talking about online dating and Bumble and Tinder and how we can’t meet anyone.

He lives right near me. And he goes to the same gym as well, so that’s crazy.

I thought he was quite shy but maybe he was a bit nervous. I’m quite outgoing but he definitely started talking more when he got to know me and he didn’t stop talking.

I think he liked my personality because he was laughing during the date.

I thought he was caring and that’s one thing we had in common.

I really liked how he knew what he wanted in life. I was kind of surprised because he was quite young and then he said he was the same age as me and I thought that’s awesome because most guys my age don’t know what they want.

One thing that stood out to me was that he’s kind of a homebody, so he doesn’t really like clubbing, which I love.

He did forget my name. I was like “do you remember my name?”. And he couldn’t remember it.

I was surprised it went so well and he was open and nice and a gentleman.

After one date, you can’t really tell. There’s chemistry but it’s a lot to take in after meeting someone, so I’d like to explore that more and go on another date.

I gave him my number and I forgot to get his.

Verdict: 8/10

Josh, 24, says:

I’ve been trying to put myself out there and meet people but online dating is pretty hit and miss.

Camera IconJosh: kind and compassionate. Credit: Michael Wilson

I did have a feeling that this was going to be a bit more genuine than someone who’s just looking for a temporary fling. I didn’t have many expectations but that was one going into it.

I got there first and then pretty much sat down and looked out the window and saw her crossing the street. I knew she was wearing a green jacket, so I knew it was her. We introduced ourselves and sat down and the questions started flying.

She was really lovely to talk to; a great listener, good energy and a good demeanour.

It was pretty positive we got along well.

We talked about the usual stuff, like what we do for work, hobbies, family, pets.

I found out that we both go to the same gym but we haven’t run into each other.

We talked about life experiences because I’ve got some pretty significant scars, so I like to clear the air.

She works in child care and I’ve worked in teaching, so there were definitely similarities there.

I got the impression that she had similar dating experiences to me and was a bit over it, like I was, and was willing to give something else a go. We ended up going to The Local Hotel across the road for a few more drinks.

My initial thought was that a second date was a little unlikely, just because I don’t know if there was a physical attraction there for me. I didn’t want go into the whole thing — you know, being narrow-minded — but that was just my gut impression, even though she was a super nice person and the conversation was great.

I’m looking for someone who is on a similar wavelength to myself. Someone who is really patient, kind, compassionate, loyal. That definitely came across on the date. It wasn’t one-sided.

Verdict: 7.5/10


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