The concept of rapid-fire dating has gained tremendous popularity, spreading to cities all over the world.
One speed-dating company in New York City, for example, holds a gathering almost every day.
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.
In spite of maxims about so many fish in the sea, for example, recent research tells us that the heart prefers a smaller pond.
In a study in 2011 in the journal , University of Edinburgh psychologist Alison P.
During a series of mini dates, each spanning no more than a couple of minutes, participants in a speed-dating event evaluate a succession of eligible singles.
They make split-second decisions on matters of the heart, creating a pool of information on one of the more ineffable yet vital questions of our time—how we select our mates.
'The idea behind the 'Genuinely Seeking a GSOH' night (a sort of speed dating/comedy night mash up) was to inject some humour into the speed dating process, with a load of professionally amusing people to get us loosened up before we talked to TWENTY TOTAL STRANGERS UNDER TIME PRESSURE. When the comedy was good, you laughed yourself into the kind of stupidly approachable mood that only ridic amounts of giggling (and alcohol) can supply.3) People will stick around afterwards and ask to see your score sheet.Which is when you have to hope they really DO have a sense of humour…For more info on themed speed dating nights visit For more single girl jokes follow me @laurajanecosmo RELATIONSHIP STALKING?This effect was particularly strong when individuals were faced with a large number of partners.Additionally, in speed-dating events where the characteristics of the daters varied much more, most participants did not follow up with any of their matches.