Ever thought about speed dating? Not sure if it’s for you? Well, the only way to know for sure is to try it, but speed dating suits more people than you might think. It’s like rapid mingling with all the fun of a night out, paired with enough order to prevent awkward pauses and lonely hours at the bar.
The structure of speed dating is all about introductions. You get to meet real, live, breathing humans who you know, without a shadow of a doubt, are looking for a connection, too. Profile pictures can’t deceive you, because there are none. You don’t have to worry about which strangers at the bar are just there for fun and which ones are looking for love. Your blossoming romance won’t come to an abrupt end when your conversation partner’s real partner returns from the bathroom. Speed dating offers less stress, more connections, …
Speed dating has taken a bad rap, and it’s a shame. It was created by a rabbi after all, with the intent to help Jewish men and women get together. Rabbi Yaacov Deyo hosted the first event in LA in 1998, and since then the concept has spread throughout the US and to the UK and Canada. It has also been incorporated in over 20 popular television shows and movies.
The idea is simple: an equal number of single men and women in the same age range get together for a couple of hours. The women are seated around the room and the men rotate, usually spending two to five minutes with each woman. Both parties keep track of whom they would like to get to know better. If both people choose each other, they receive one another’s contact information, and the next step is up to them. The cost …
AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, I have always found the concept of speed dating fascinating. During a series of mini dates, each spanning no more than a couple of minutes, participants in a speed-dating event evaluate a succession of eligible singles. They make split-second decisions on matters of the heart, creating a pool of information on one of the more ineffable yet vital questions of our time—how we select our mates.
The concept of rapid-fire dating has gained tremendous popularity, spreading to cities all over the world. One speed-dating company in New York City, for example, holds a gathering almost every day. Last year online coupon company Groupon hosted the world’s largest speed-dating event, with 414 attendees crammed into a restaurant in Chicago. Start-up companies now meet with investors, pregnant couples interact with doulas, and homeless dogs court potential owners, all using the speed-dating format.
Some years ago I caved to …
Are you sick of wasting a full night on a dud of a date set up by your friend? Are you tired of impersonal online chats that lead nowhere? Speed dating services bring professional singles together to find a mutual match. Read on to find out why speed dating is right for you:
1. Fun Environment
You get to enjoy a night out at a bar or club with your friends, but with a far better chance of finding love than on a normal night. Grab a drink and zoom through 25 dates with potential matches. You have an extremely high chance of finding a match, but even if you don’t, you get to spend a fun night meeting new and interesting people.
2. Speed is of the Essence
You’re a busy professional, and it’s hard to carve out the time for an active dating life. With speed dating, you …