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Everything You Need To Know About Speed Dating

Everything You Need To Know About Speed Dating
Mau Briones

Speed dating has been defined as a formalized matchmaking process of dating system which purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people. This speed dating thing was originally a way to help Jewish singles to meet and mary. The first speed dating event took place at Pete’s Cafe in Beverly Hills in late 1998.

Most of us only seen speed dating on movies, which by the look of it is a fun-filled and exciting experience. Today, there a lot of organizations running the speed dating event where single people can meet face-to-face with like-minded people to spark conversations with and possible romance. If you are single and ready to mingle, as they say, speed dating is definitely right for you.

If you know nothing about this kind of event, you can do some research or continue reading this article. 😉

How Does Speed Dating Works?

  • Basically, you will need to register to be able to participate in the speed dating event. In this event, men and women (usually 10-12) sit down at a table armed with a name tag and a piece of paper and rotated over a series of “short date” that will last for 5-8 minutes only. Afterwards, you circle “yes” if you like the person or “no” if you don’t. At the end of each interval, the organizer will give a signal to participants to move on to the next date. After the event, the participants will submit a list to the organizer of who they would like to provide their contact information to – the one they circled “yes”.

What Makes Speed Dating Different From Online Dating?

  • Online dating has its own place in the dating world. It is a place where you can meet your potential date through dating apps and dating sites like Tinder. You can communicate with your potential via email, chat, or phone. You have to have an interesting profile for you be able to found a match. A speed dating is like a mini-date with someone, since its a face-to-face, you can instantly tell if you like the person in front of you. In a speed dating event, you can instantly see how they look, talk, act, react – you can see more about the person within a matter of minutes. Through that time-frame, you will get a better and more accurate impression of who that person is as opposed to spending weeks talking to someone online. Most importantly,  you will know that the person is interested in you because they have already matched with you.

Who Goes To Speed Dating?

  • A lot of single men and women with different backgrounds and a different set of interests goes to speed dating event. Most of these “date-seekers” have busy lives, either they don’t always have time to meet new people or they want to improve chances of meeting the right person for a possible romance.

What If I Like More Than One Speed Dater?

  • It is possible that you will like more than one speed dater. The participants that you circled on will be the ones who will be matched to you and potentially see them again in the future.

How To Get In Touch With Other Speed Dater?

  • At the end of the event, the participants will submit a list to the organizer – the names of other participants which they circled on. After you have entered your tickets, you will be informed via email or text message if someone matches with you along with their contact details. Note that your information will only be given to your match (if you both circled “yes” to each other).

The Pros and Cons of Speed Dating

Pros:

  1. You are not under pressure to choose a partner to date.
  2. You don’t have to be engaged in a long in-depth conversation with the same person.
  3. You are in a safe environment, or should I say, you’re in a safe environment while you’re “INSIDE” the speed dating event.
  4. It’s fun, exciting, and engaging.
  5. You might just meet “the right one”.
  6. There’s an opportunity to win a prize because most of the speed dating events have organized contests and games for fun.

It gives you a chance to have a conversation with someone face-to-face you might have similar interests and this could turn out to be your “match-made in heaven”, “the right one” or lifelong friend.

Cons:

  1. You don’t have much time to get to know someone, it will only take 5 minutes to talk to other speed daters.
  2. You are competing with all the other men and women for the good guy’s full attention. Normally, there are 10-12, sometimes more participants in a speed dating event.
  3. You are forced to be mean or reject someone you don’t like on the spot.
  4. You have to pay for the pleasure.
  5. You get rejected.

Bonus Tips! If you want to try speed dating, have some confidence and maintain eye contact when you talk to someone, and of course, always smile.

 

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