If you've never heard of speed dating before, the premise is simple.
A group of single men and women (with equal numbers of both sex) meet up for a few hours.
Inside, it looked more or less like a restaurant preparing itself for regular dinner service (dim lighting, candlelit tables), rather than the morose, clinical vision I had concocted of name tags, clipboards, and other trappings of business conferences.
People filed in one at a time and checked in with the hostess, who cleared their name from a list and handed them a card for keeping track of dates that night.
In a world where you can have pizza delivered to your door within seconds, or sit down at your computer and have conversations with people on the other side of the world with just a few clicks, we've become used to instant gratification and doing things a little bit more efficiently.
So it's no surprise that this fast-paced attitude has been picked up in the dating world – hence the introduction of speed dating!
Those who are stuck in a dating rut or looking to meet someone that isn't a 'friend of a friend' can find totally new acquaintances at these events – and even if they don't exchange phone numbers at the end of the night, a great time can still be had by all!
It has been popularized on episodes of "Sex and the City" and in the big hit movies "Hitch" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin." It was also memorably introduced in episodes of "Flavor of Love," "The Two Coreys," and "Gene Simmons Family Jewels." We're glad you made it to our site. You get to meet different people in a comfortable, no-pressure environment.