The 'Bachelor' Love Lab Was Strange & Twitter Has A Lot Of Opinions About It
Let’s be honest, it’s pretty much impossible to watch The Bachelor without cringing at least once at the inevitable awkwardness. The introductions, the dates, the reactions — it can be a bit uncomfortable to watch all of the ladies vying for one man’s attention. But on Monday night’s episode, Ben’s group date at the Love Lab was so weird (and kind of creepy) that even for The Bachelor, it seemed a bit much.
On the second group date of the night, the chosen women found themselves at Love Lab Technologies (greeted by a robot, obvi), where their attraction to Ben would be tested — literally — through a series of experiments. Love Lab researchers monitored the women’s eye movements when presented with different pictures to gauge their true feelings (diamonds or babies? Ben or former-Bachelor Sean Lowe?), and quantified the spark between Ben and each of his dates through heat-sensing technology — while the other ladies watched, not even sort of impressed. And then, to round of the weirdness of this crazy group date (I mean, talk about unromantic), Ben then had to judge the women blindfolded based on the smell of their sweat. Gross.
Naturally, Twitter had plenty to say about this insane date, because seriously, the Love Lab idea is all kinds of crazy.
The Bachelor group date is at the Love Lab and being tested for compatibility. Where do I begin?— Nadia (@nad1223) January 12, 2016
The Bachelor is wacko... I'd want to see that "doctors" degree, credentials, references... Before I'd ever go into the "love lab"— Katie (@8kated) January 12, 2016
The love lab might be the worst idea in bachelor history. #TheBachelor— Amanda Kellar (@amkellz) January 12, 2016
Would it be weird for my husband and I to take our son to the love lab to see which of us he loves more? #TheBachelor— Jenny Mollen (@jennyandteets) January 12, 2016
The love lab is creeping me out. #TheBachelor— Ben and Kelly Show (@benandkellyshow) January 12, 2016
Anyone else thing the Love Lab thing was a little strange? #TheBachelor— Mallory Sauer (@mallorysauer) January 12, 2016
Ben says he needed some "proof" to back up his compatibility with the women. Yes, because the Love Lab is highly scientific #TheBachelor— Bachelor Burn Book (@bachelorburnbk) January 12, 2016
I think this Love Lab date should have been saved for much later in the show. They barely know each other yet. #TheBachelor— Mitali (@AlleyofBooks) January 12, 2016
I'm sorry but this Love Lab date is mean. Why call out the person with the lowest score. #TheBachelor— Natasha Lakoseljac (@TorontoTasha) January 12, 2016
The term "love lab" immediately makes me question what I'm about to watch. #TheBachelor— Jesse Bontreger (@jbonz87) January 12, 2016
In theory, the idea of measuring compatibility kind of makes sense, and body chemistry really does seem to matter when it comes to finding a mate. But trying to choose a wife out of a pool of dozens of women based on what her sweat smelled like (how come so many of those women smelled "sweet" instead of stinky anyway?!) doesn't seem like a good plan at all.
Still — I guess it does make for interesting television.
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