Is Netflix's 'Longest Third Date' Glorifying Dangerous Dating Trends?
The series follows an overseas Hinge date that leaves two singles stranded during pandemic lockdown.
After meeting on Hinge, Khani Le and Matt Robertson made the bold decision to tap what we considered the worst dating trend of all time: destination dating. For those new here, the trend refers to dating while traveling, instead of the standard dinner date most opt for.
The series, which has already begun streaming, follows the pair as the COVID-19 pandemic shuts the world down in March 2020. Suddenly, “an extended stay in paradise becomes the ultimate test of compatibility,” the series description reads.
Longest third date is both a nightmare and goals.
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the positive reception to longest third date is the best proof that people are rapidly losing their critical thinking skills
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Feedback has been mixed with some enamored by the love story and others, confused at why a woman would fly overseas with someone she just met off of a dating app. For context, Khani details how she was in several previous relationships that left a “bad taste” in her mouth. When she gets stranded with Matt, she “has to excuse every red flag to stay safe,” as one viewer details it.
Was their search for love authentic? Or even safe? We’ll let you decide.