“I will not ever be the person that surprises them.But, at the same time, I get a little bit of conversation in to see if we are hitting it off.” Jolliff, 29, has been blind since birth due to what’s known as Leber Congenital Amaurosis, a hereditary disorder in which most of the rods and cone cells in Jolliff’s retinas never developed.“I want the ‘deeper’ connection that sites like e Harmony and to an extent, Ok Cupid, can bring,” Jolliff says.“I like being able to see how much effort a guy is willing to put into crafting his profile: Is he really serious about finding someone?
Taking pictures “isn’t even something that crosses my mind,” she says. Last fall, Jolliff signed up for e Harmony and Ok Cupid.
But Jolliff leaves out one detail that is part of her daily life: She’s blind.
“It’s usually in between our initial contact and our first date that I tell them,” Jolliff says.
Tinder’s vice president of global communications branding, Rosette Pambakian, declined to comment for this article, saying she didn’t think it “makes sense” to include Tinder in a story about visually impaired daters.
Rumors circulated in 2015 that Tinder may incorporate video features in people’s profiles, which could help blind daters, but the idea hasn’t come to life yet.