Strangers Have A Blind Conversation And Prove You Can Have A Lot In Common With Anyone

Silver fox, short, and the coolest grandma glasses.

As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. 

That philosophy is put to the test in a new video from SoulPancake, a YouTube channel that produces content focused on human interaction and positive social experiments. In the video, two sets of strangers are paired together, sitting back to back as they ask each other questions. At the end, with their backs still turned to each other, the participants have to describe how they think their partner looks based on the information they've learned about them. Some guesses were spot-on and others were surprising, proving you never really know who a person is until you make the effort to know them.

The video is the latest installment in the channel's Reverse Assumption series, and explores how people can get to know and understand each other without seeing each other. "It's certainly easier to make assumptions about people than it is to spend time getting to know someone," it says in SoulPancake's video description. "We wanted to put assumptions to the test to see what we're missing out on because we're so busy assuming we already 'know' a person."

The experiment challenges biases we all consciously and unconsciously hold. When a participant named Mac tells another participant named Alyssa that he hosts over-the-top club scene parties, she assumes he's wearing a v-neck with a scarf and fedora — and she couldn't be more wrong. Likewise, Mac assumed Alyssa, who dances and married her high school sweetheart, would dress preppy but was surprised to find that she had a more laid back style and bright purple hair.  

"I would be friends with you," Alyssa laughed as she and Mac faced each other for the first time. 

Participants Rhoda and Jon, on the other hand, seemed to be pretty on point with each other's appearances. They were both delighted to see each other for the first time, learning that their assumptions were almost accurate. "A lot of times we make bias judgements, putting somebody in a box," Jon said of the experiment. 

Besides just being a nice feel-good video, it's a good reminder to be more open to others. You probably have more in common with a stranger than you think. 

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