I was shocked at the turnout among the straight daters -- 30 men and 34 women showed up to find love, or at least a date, for Valentine's Day.
Speed dating events are held across the country, and the time spent on each date ranges from a couple of minutes to 10 or more minutes. All the women lined up on one side of several tables scrunched together, while the men sat across from them and rotated one seat over every two minutes.
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We know they may not exist today without Christian Mingle.The pages of this newspaper are peppered with sweet tales of golden or diamond wedding anniversaries where couples met at a dance or in a cafe through friends or perhaps even in the post office. Friends are caught up with via text messages or through video call services like Skype and Facetime. The dating game has changed immensely since I first entered it a few too many mistakes ago. Maybe you'd meet at a pub or a gig or the cheap student nights at some club. Even if you don't meet somebody that way there's going to be nice people. You know better than you would online." Speed Dater offer both aspects. Looking at a photograph and deciding almost instantly 'you might be the one' or 'nah, not for me'. A way of combining old and new so that modern lifestyles are catered for yet the sweet innocence of a beaming smile at a corny joke is not lost when looking for that spark. "I think people are reluctant to try it," says Anny Evans, aged 30, a host of speed dating events for paid-for website Speed uk "But it's sociable. You might meet friends, you might meet somebody that you like in that way. You are going to know in four minutes if you like something about somebody.After going on a "date" with each man, you're given the option of writing his name down.If you both write each other's names down, then it's a match and the event coordinators send contact information to the potential couple. You can get lucky and find dozens of potential dates in one night, or walk out with none.