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Speed Dating

Speed Dating

They are so many speed dating sites around these days that they are becoming almost ubiquitous. If you want to find the nearest one to you just google 'speed dating' and your area of the country and you'll be flooded with results.

For those of you that don't know what speed dating is  (the minority) let me explain. The concept of speed dating evolves around the fact that within the first couple minutes of meeting someone you can usually tell is there is an attraction or not. If out on a regular date and the attraction isn't there then you've got another couple of hour to kill before the date is over.

With speed dating the idea is to give you a large number of 2-3 minute short dates with different people. That way if you do feel an attraction then you can get in touch with that person again and go on a proper full-length date. The ones that didn't quite fit, well, it was only a couple of minutes you wasted. In one evening you could meet around 20 potential partners and you'd need a couple of month to do that with regular dating. 

The actual night involves having around 15-20 girls and guys hooking up at a local bar or club. Usually the attendees have booked through the internet in advance and been given the correct time and place to meet. Pre-booking is usually required so that there are an even number of men and woman. It usually costs between $30-$50 per night but obviously this changes on location.

On arrival everyone gets a name badge with a number attached. There is usually some mingling before the start, where the hosts are waiting for everyone to arrive, and this is a good time to grab a drink. Try not to slam down too many cocktails because a few drinks might loosen you up but being drunk isn't going to impress any potential long-term partners!

After everyone has arrived the organisers will usually have a brief introduction and icebreaker and then it is normal protocol for the guests to sit down at the table with the corresponding number to their name tag.

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Now it's time to get chatting to potential partners! but watch out, ever two minutes a bell or buzzer goes off and the men move around to the next woman. It's probably not a good idea to get too bogged down in conversation because you've only got 2 minutes. Keep in light and don;t try too hard. You don't the persons life story just an idea if you want to see them again. This way in an evening you can have potentially 15 -20 dates rather than just one.

The next day, or even that night if you're enthusiastic, you log into the speed dating website and select which date you'll like to see again. If they also pick you then a match has been made. Hurrah!  When the match is made you'll receive the e-mail address and phone number of your date and then it's up to you to make plans for meeting up again.

In the scenario above I've described a heterosexual speed dating event just because they are more common and it's easier to describe how it works with the men moving and the women remaining seated. However they are a wide variety of gay and lesbian speed dating nights available too, that follow the same structure and rules.

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