I usually enjoy hand washing dishes, so I'm predisposed not to care too much if I have a dishwasher or not, especially if I'm living alone or cooking for one for a few days. I have a puritanical notion that a dishwasher can't be run unless it's full and since it can take several days to fill one up when you're cooking for one, things can get a little stinky in there. Plus, I have several favorite dishes and implements that I like to use frequently, so waiting until it's full, or reasonably full, isn't practical.
Of course it's a different scenario if you're washing up for a large household or you've just thrown a dinner party. But for everyday cooking for one? Usually not worth it for me.
How about you? Do you run your dishwasher when you've been cooking just for yourself?
PS. Although we did have a Hotpoint dishwasher when I was young, I promise my parents never blindfolded me while I was using it.