Get to know someone fast with speed dating

If you’re impatient to make new friends and find someone special, you may be ready to try new ideas that take some of the guesswork out of matchmaking. When you join an internet dating site or go to a speed dating evening you can be reasonably sure that everyone you meet is also looking for a partner, so you don’t waste time pursuing someone who may not be available or interested. And as its name implies, speed dating helps you to get to know someone fast.

The speed dating model is based on research findings that suggest humans are able to predict the likelihood of a personal romantic attraction after a very short contact. At a typical speed dating evening, candidates are given three minutes of undivided attention from each potential contender before a bell rings and the line of candidates moves forward one place for another three minute speed date. At the end of the evening candidates nominate any person they would like to meet again, and if there is a mutual attraction this may be the start of an ongoing relationship. Even if no further contact eventuates, most people who have been to a speed dating evening report it as being a pleasant experience.

Speed dating is a highly structured artificial social activity, but for many people it does work. If you’re socially confident but short of time, speed dating is well worth a try.

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