Speed dating is a practice that started about 10 years ago. Speed dating is just that: it’s a very short date or a meet and greet. These take place at very public venues, such as a restaurant, or at a nightclub private room. These events are usually sponsored by a dating service. What happens is that people show up, and they have to sign up at a registration table. They then get a name tag. In this way, these are similar to networking meetings, or conferences. In a way, speed dating is like a networking events. Only, instead of meeting people for business opportunities, they are meeting people for romantic opportunities.





To this end, after the registrants have all signed up, the speed dating hosts will separate either men and women, or people of the same sex. They will either have the women sit down, or the men sit down, etc. Then, it’s up to the other separated group to go from table to table, and meet as many people as possible. It’s almost like the game “Musical Chairs”, but with a twist. No one gets a chair pulled away from them, but what does happen, is that a person has a few minutes to sit at a table, and connect with the person sitting down. when the time is up, a bell or a timer will go off. Then, the person who is visiting the table has to get up, and meet someone new. The person sitting down will have lots of people coming to their table to meet with them, and to try to get to know them in a short period of time.

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The purpose of this fun romantic game, speed dating, is for the participants to expand their boundaries, and to meet as many people as possible. This way, they can make an informed decision when narrowing down their choices, and they don’t leave anyone out. This method of dating is a true game of chance. If the people who talked at the table liked each other, they can meet up for a longer date. If not, then they will go their separate ways, no harm, no foul.

Speed dating helps singles get past shyness. Sometimes people are shy, and they don’t have the courage to meet others. The format of speed dating eliminates shyness, because the point is for everyone to meet each other for very short conversations. The other advantage of speed dating, is that it takes the pressure off of the first date. For example, many people feel that they have to break the ice on the first date, and they can’t have fun. With speed dating, if there is a connection, then the ice will already be broken for the first real date. On the other hand, nobody has to suffer through a miserable first date if there is no connection at the speed dating event.




Speed dating events are planned in all major cities. A prospect can also do online searches to find speed dating events in their area. They can also check out their local news papers. The point is to have fun, but it is also to make a good first impression. So, the participants of speed dating should dress to impress, and be ready to have a great time.

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