That was the common reaction from my girlfriends when I told them, a bit sheepishly, that I had signed up for a speed dating event. Although I'd never been to one, and didn't know anyone who actually had, the whole concept sounded so contrived and artificial, it couldn't possibly result in anything but an awful evening and hopefully a hilarious story. As I walked in and scanned the room, my hopes didn't exactly soar. Once the event started, the ladies were instructed to have a seat at a table with a number at it, and the gentlemen would rotate every five minutes. As the first gentleman took a seat at my table, the conversation began instantly and I might as well have been casually approached by a guy at a wine bar.
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I was starting to think the night would have been better curled up in bed with my dog, tea and "Game of Thrones. Several men had already gathered outside the bar where we were supposed to meet, an unremarkable Irish pub in the Financial District. At least the women will be just as sad as the men. I couldn't believe he was rude enough to make his boredom known.
Online dating may be more popular than ever, but in-person and virtual singles mixers are still around too. Speed dating is a very specific kind, in which singles have mini, bite-sized dates with several people over the course of one night and then get to choose who they'd like to exchange information with to get to know better. It can be a great way to make new connections, especially for people who are short on time or would rather skip over skimming dating profiles to have an actual conversation. Whether you're heading into your first or tenth event, these speed dating tips can help you feel more relaxed, have more fun, and—most importantly—make more matches. As the online relationship counseling site ReGain points out, speed dating is such a popular format for singles mixers these days, there are likely many different events, both in-person and virtual, that you can choose from.
Subscriber Account active since. Fed up with your local dating scene? If so, you're almost certainly not alone. Dating-related fatigue and frustration are common among single-but-trying-to-mingle people.