Wikimedia Deutschland Speed Dating at Wikimania 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.
At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to. If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties. Contact information cannot be traded during the initial meeting, in order to reduce pressure to accept or reject a suitor to his or her face. Requirement for each event vary with the organizer. Specific age range based on gender is a common restriction for events.
Many speed dating events are targeted at particular communities: Unlike many bars, a speed dating event will, by necessity, be quiet enough for people to talk comfortably.
Participants can come alone without feeling out of place; alternatively it is something that women who like to go out in groups can do together.
On the other hand, feedback and gratification are delayed as participants must wait a day or two for their results to come in. The time limit ensures that a participant will not be stuck with a boorish match for very long, and prevents participants from monopolizing one another's time. On the other hand, a couple that decides they are incompatible early on will have to sit together for the duration of the round. Most speed dating events match people at random, and participants will meet different "types" that they might not normally talk to in a club.
On the other hand, the random matching precludes the various cues, such as eye contact, that people use in bars to preselect each other before chatting them up. According to the New York Times, participants in speed dating experience an average of 2 in 10 or 3 in 10 matches.
Online dating participants, in contrast, only find a compatible match with 1 in or fewer of the profiles they study. Hurrydate, 8MinuteDating and Pre-Dating. In the UK, there are two companies that run events in more than twenty cities: Speed Dater and Slow Dating. The largest speed dating company in Australia is Fastlife. Pre-Dating was acquired by Cupid. Fastlife was acquired in by Plenty Of Fish.
However, in , Fastlife was shut down. The advantage of online speed dating is that users can go on dates from home as it can be done from any internet enabled computer. The disadvantage is people do not actually meet one another. One of the advantages that speed dating has over online speed dating and online dating in general is that when being face to face with someone, you get a better sense of who they are due to their body language, gestures, tonality and more.
Other studies found speed-dating data useful as a way to observe individual choices among random participants. First impressions[ edit ] A study at the University of Pennsylvania of multiple HurryDate speed dating events found that most people made their choices within the first three seconds of meeting. Furthermore, issues such as religion, previous marriages, and smoking habits were found to play much less of a role than expected.
It also found that dialogue concerning travel resulted in more matches than dialogue about films. Men and women made decisions in a similar manner which incorporated the physical attractiveness and likability of the viewed participants in their evaluation. Sheena Iyengar and Raymond Fisman found, from having the participants fill out questionnaires, that what people said they wanted in an ideal mate did not match their subconscious preferences. Because parents with more diverse MHC profiles would be expected to produce offspring with stronger immune systems , dissimilar MHC may play a role in sexual selection.
A speed "date" lasting several minutes should be long enough for the MHC hypothesis to come into play, provided the participants are seated close enough together. One of each set was wearing pheromones , and the ones wearing pheromones received more matches. Selectivity[ edit ] Studies of speed dating events generally show more selectivity among women than among men.
This new study showed that when men were seated and the women rotated, the men were more selective. A structured way of running business networking events with the goal of making meeting potential business contacts easier and more productive. Some speed dating companies have now started offering free speed dating where you do not pay unless you meet somebody you like. Business speed dating has also been used in China as a way for business people to meet each other and to decide if they have similar business objectives and synergies.
In popular culture[ edit ] Frasier. Frasier attends a speed date, describing it as "all the stress and humiliation of a blind date, times twelve. Mark goes speed dating but has little luck: Maybe she did tick!
Maybe the data wasn't collated correctly! Maybe she's my hanging chad! Miranda, the lawyer, pretends to be a stewardess at the event after telling her first few "dates" that she is a successful lawyer scares them off  Providence. Syd goes to a "speed dating" event.
Kim, estranged from her husband of 2 months, goes with her friend Sharon to a speed dating event. Reba's daughter, Cheyenne, convinces her mother to try speed-dating. Monk Goes to the Theater " Adrian Monk tries to talk to a suspect at a speed dating event.
Daisy goes speed dating to take the soul of one of the men participating. Featured Rory 's friend Paris attempting speed dating after the death of her professor boyfriend.
Geraldine Granger receives a ticket to a speed dating event for her 40th birthday. Featured speed dating as one of the challenges faced by the "geeks". Yvonne Hemmingway persuades Honey Harman to go with her to a speed-dating event.
Alice and Kit go to a speed dating event. Shawn and Gus connect supposed "alien abductions" to a speed-dating event at a local bar, and attend undercover to solve the kidnappings. The Friday Night Project. Rupert Everett " When a speed dating service is linked to three rapes, Detective Benson goes undercover to catch the culprit.