I don’t watch this kind of shows any more because I’m way past the dating stage but I used to back when I did. There’s absolutely nothing new about them. I have a feeling they’ve had their heyday in the US about 15-20 years ago, and now it’s the UK’s turn. People are taking this stuff way too seriously. These fads come and they go, and there’s absolutely nothing profound or eerie to them. It’s simply entertainment.
By the way, I’ve noticed that very smart people often have extremely plebeian tastes in entertainment. I recently stunned my analyst with the disclosure that I love rap music. He said he didn’t expect this from a literature professor who speaks a ton of languages and is interested in Basque literature. And I didn’t even mention my obsession with Dr Phil and serial killer novels.