Most of us have only seen speed dating in movies and TV, where it’s portrayed as possibly the most godawful experience on the planet. It’s easy to make a joke out of a quick interaction with a weird character we never have to see again. Here’s the lowdown on what speed dating is like for real people: An equal number of men and women (usually 10 – 12) sit down at a table, armed with a name tag and a piece of paper. But meeting him in person, I found him fascinating and really enjoyed our conversation. At the event I went to last week there was a group of four girls, all of whom handed in their sheets with nothing but “Nos” circled.You meet someone, you talk for 5 minutes, and afterward you circle “yes” if you liked them or “no” if you didn’t. You get to make snap judgements on people (we’re humans, we all love to judge and you know it), and you also get to meet a ton of interesting people you never would otherwise. I’m sure that all four of those women have varying taste in men, not to mention the degree of different types of men who were in attendance.
People who wouldn’t normally approach the opposite sex in the real world. But the problem with speed dating, is that often the women who are attracted to speed dating events are VERY different to the men.We kindly ask you to arrive 15-30 minutes before the scheduled start time as we aim to make a punctual start at all our events.Why not get your evening off to a great start by completing the check in formalities in good time (The ealy bird catches the worm as the old saying goes, so if you turn up in good time, you may well be able to check out the mingling singles before the speed dating begins!! Ok, next your host will welcome you as a group and explain how everything works.Depending on the company, a speed date may last from three to eight minutes, although some go as long as 10 minutes.At the end of the date, each dater makes a note if he or she would like to see the other person again.Guaranteed; thats what we are here for - to help the singles of the city find whatever they are looking for. Once you have booked your ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with details of the event.Should there be any last minute changes to arrangements we will email you on the day, so please check your emails before setting out. When you write a dating blog, speed dating is part of the territory.And so for the last 2 years, I’ve attended more speed dating events than I can count. ‘Elite’ speed dating, silent speed dating, blind speed dating, paper bag speed dating, cycle speed dating, literary speed dating … But no matter the gimmick, it always seems to come down to the same brutal truth. Speed dating originated in 1998, and was set up by an American rabbi, as a way for young, single Jewish people to meet one another.Back in the naughties, when the idea was novel, speed dating events attracted large diverse crowds.Up for a laugh, people embraced the novelty, and tried it.