I have four times now witnessed hundreds of people go on hundreds of dates in only a few hours. I've then analyzed their post-date opinions about each other, and paired them off. I organized literary speed-dating events at the bookstore where I work. Although I have not been speed-dating myself, organizing and witnessing speed-dating led to some interesting observations and reinforced some trends about courtship.
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Speed dating - Wikipedia
The Age of Love is a feature-length documentary film that follows a group of to year-olds who attend a speed dating event looking for new love and companionship. It explores the question — does the need for intimacy and our search for love change over a lifetime? The film is directed by Steven Loring. A diverse group of 30 seniors in Rochester, New York participates in an unprecedented speed dating event for people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. By allowing typically-overlooked seniors to expose themselves as emotionally-intricate individuals, the film dispels ageist stereotypes, reveals how our need for connection and intimacy endures and is expressed over a lifetime, and presents an unexpected story of new possibility and growth, regardless of age.
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Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process which has the purpose of encouraging eligible singles to meet large numbers of new potential partners in a very short period of time. Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events. Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short "dates" usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event. At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date.
I cover two venues in southeast England for one of the largest dating companies in the country. Then the daters arrive, in ones and twos, slowly filling the bar. They stand for the next 15 minutes nervously twiddling straws and re-tucking shirts. Since the advent of Tinder, Grindr, Tingle, and numerous other dating apps, the attention span of the dating world has shrunk.