We must first define speed dating but to eradicate any preconceived notions. Speed dating is where men and women rotate to meet one another over a series of short "dates", which usually last anywhere from 3 to 8 minutes depending on the organization planning the event. At the end of each short “date”, the leader signals participants to move on to the next person or short “date”. At the end of the event, participants submit to the leaders a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to. If there is a match, the contact information is forwarded to both individuals. Contact information cannot be exchanged during the short “date”, reducing the pressure to accept or reject a courter to his or her face. Speed was apparently thought up by a Jewish Rabi named Rabbi Yaacov Deyo in the 90’s in Los Angeles California and has now become one of the fastest growing dating trends in the world.
Most speed dating events require participants to register in advance and/or creating a profile, often through the internet. There are many speed dating events and organizers throughout many cities across the United States. Many of these events simply specify an age range for both men and women; in some cases a slightly older range is specified for men. On the other hand, many organizers offer niche events such as nights for graduates only, professional degree holders, gays and lesbians, older men with younger women and vice versa, ethnic events and more.
One company which has raised the bar on Speed Dating is Date and Dash based in Chicago. This outfit hosts numerous speed dating events throughout the year in several US cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, Ft Worth, Houston, Austin, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and many more. One of the reasons which can be attributed to the success of Date and Dash is its excellent selection of venue locations. Participants of Date and Dash speed dating events are assured a well-designed, trendy, comfortable, relaxed setting to meet others. Some of the venues which have hosted these events include Vice Hollywood, Matteo's Restaurant, Vinalia Lounge, Bamboo 52, Duvet, The Loft, Legroom and Esquire Lounge to name but a few. Rest assured that any Date and Dash will not disaapoint and there professionalism is second to none in the nation.
It’s Date Time, another Speed Dating organizer based in Houston, is quickly becoming a rising star on the local dating Texas scene in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Started fairly recently by a true matchmaker, the concept is finding its way into the hearts of many Texans. What IDT does is brings an equal number of men and women together. From there, they are matched up for a few minutes and then rotated so that they meet others at the party. It is a low-pressure environment where you can actually get to know someone without worrying about “does he like me?” or “will she give me her number, if I ask?”. It takes the guess work out of the dating equation.
Speed dating has a lot obvious advantages over most other venues for meeting people, such as bars, clubs, etc. in that everybody is purportedly there to meet someone, they are grouped into compatible age ranges, it is extremely time-efficient, and the interaction eliminates the need to introduce oneself washing out any initial awkwardness. And unlike many bars a speed dating event will, by nature, be quiet enough for people to talk comfortably and audibly. Participants can come alone without feeling out of place; alternatively it is something that women who like to go out in groups can do together.
Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. With the efficiency of shotgun weddings and quickie divorces, it would only seem natural for dating to follow suit. Enter the fast-paced world of speed dating, where singles have the opportunity to date up to ten other lovelorn singles in one evening. Having said this, it is just another form of social interaction which should be considered seriously and bottom line, it’s just a lot of fun! Whether looking for “the one” or merely to connect with like-minded people, it’s an ideal environment to increase those chances and enjoy yourself in the process.