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And so for the last 2 years, I’ve attended more speed dating events than I can count. ‘Elite’ speed dating, silent speed dating, blind speed dating, paper bag speed dating, cycle speed dating, literary speed dating … But no matter the gimmick, it always seems to come down to the same brutal truth. Speed dating originated in 1998, and was set up by an American rabbi, as a way for young, single Jewish people to meet one another.
Back in the naughties, when the idea was novel, speed dating events attracted large diverse crowds.
As in, I conveniently forgot their names.)Rewind two weeks: I'm hanging out with some girlfriends and one of them mentions how she saw a groupon-like deal for speed dating.
In my head, I said, "Wouldn't it be fun if we all did that?
Up for a laugh, people embraced the novelty, and tried it.
But as the years have gone on, the popularity of speed dating has dwindled … Unfortunately, the reality of modern-day speed dating, is that whilst most of the events take place in bars, the general crowd, particularly the men, are not people who are comfortable in bars.
Whilst sociable women might see Speed Dating as an opportunity to broaden their pool of options, attractive, sociable men very rarely consider speed dating an option (unless they’ve been dragged along by a friend).
You can expect to meet between 10 and 18 singles in the one night!Who attends them, where do they take place and why do people put themselves out there to date a bunch of strangers?I’m going to draw on my experiences as a host of speed dating and singles events to answer some of these questions. Well with Singles Events Melbourne it depends on which event you attend but they mostly follow the same structure.Fast Forward to last night: My girlfriends and I show up to Xino in Santa Monica, dressed up, and ready to make snap judgments about the eligibility of strange men.We were each assigned a number and given a card with three columns printed on it.