We asked our ‘Date Whisperer’ Dani to give us a quick summary on what speed dating involves.
No one else in the UK has run more singles events than Dani, so she’s the perfect person to share her wisdom for those curious about speed dating!
The original Speed Dating service is still intended to help those of the Jewish faith find a shidduch.
However, others have extended their scope to include people of all religions, shapes, sizes, interests and sexual orientations.
Today, modern speed dating is still rooted in shidduch, but with formal dating services replacing the role of the Rabbi and his wife as matchmakers.
These services compile the data from brief encounters between daters and then inform each attendee of the results, allowing interested parties that scored a "match" to pursue another meeting with each other.
I did have some nice chats, but I had to wonder: was it worth it?
There's some new research on speed dating, coming from researchers in Germany (Asendorpf, Penke, and Back, in press).
The first half an hour of every event is for registration – you will sign in with our friendly host and have time to get a drink before the speed dating starts. It has so permeated Western popular culture that even those who aren't looking for love know what it is.The concept was introduced to the American dating scene at the turn of the 20th century by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and his wife, Sue, who founded their own service, Speed Dating.They set up a speed-dating event and invited a total of 382 people (190 men and 192 women) who were aged 18-54 to participate.All of their participants were real singles whose sole motivation for participation in the study was to find a real-life romantic or sexual mate.