What is Speed Dating?
Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process or dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people. In other words, it is an organized event in which prospective romantic partners meet each other through a series of short one-to-one meetings. The duration of each meeting usually lasts from 3 to 8 minutes depending on the organization running the event.
How Speed Dating Works?
The rules of speed dating are quite simple. A group of singles gathers at a cafe or similar venue. Armed with a name tag, a scorecard and their sparkling personality, couples are paired up to begin their first date. Then a signal is given to all speed dating participants, and each person makes a note as to whether or not they’d like to meet their ‘date’ again before moving on to another person. If a mutual interest is noted, speed-dating organizers provide each party with the others phone number. They are allowed to discuss anything, except their careers, or where they live.
Origin of Speed Dating
Jewish tradition of chaperoned gatherings of young Jewish singles. Originally intended as a way of keeping Jewish singles from marrying outside the faith; the speed-dating movement has flourished in both Jewish and secular communities throughout the world.
How effective is Speed Dating?
The popularity of speed dating is growing at a rapid pace and it has proven to be fairly successful, with approximately half of all participants coming away with a potential match. Advocates of speed dating believe that the success and rising popularity of speed dating rely upon simple chemistry between two singles. Also for many singles tired of the bar scene and weary of blind dates, speed dating offers a fun and safe alternative.