All of their participants were real singles whose sole motivation for participation in the study was to find a real-life romantic or sexual mate.
Participants went on a series of 3-minute dates and indicated whom they would like to see again.
Some years ago I caved to my curiosity and tried it out myself. When the little buzzer went off after three minutes, I often found myself still trying to explain to my bedazzled dating partner why my last name has four syllables (it is Dutch).
As you might imagine, I did not find the love of my life.
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.
The very nature of speed dating means you have a captive audience.
A member of the opposite sex has to talk to you for at least four minutes, and so this encourages the most nervous types of daters.
At the end of the event, you pick the top people you were interested in and return the card.
She did thorough research, was good at uncovering women I wouldn't have normally met, and she introduced me to several attractive women.
When you write a dating blog, speed dating is part of the territory.
I could hear every awkward conversation, and not just my own.
I did have some nice chats, but I had to wonder: was it worth it?