Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process whose purpose is to encourage eligible singles to meet large numbers of new potential partners in a very short period of time.
It was created in 1998 by Antony Beilinsohn (a Los Angeles based television executive) after his Rabbi, Yaacov Deyo, encouraged Antony to conceive of innovative new ways for eligible jewish to meet and marry.
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.
In my head, I said, "Wouldn't it be fun if we all did that?
" Obviously, everyone agreed because we all bought them the very next day.
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.Requirement for each event vary with the organizer.Specific age range based on gender is a common restriction for events.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.There are many speed dating events now in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.As we don’t use whistles - our hosts gently tap the lads on the shoulder to let them know it is time to move on.Dates write down whom they fancy and if they have a match - they get notified the next day with details.“Spinning with Singles: Group Speed Dating on The Centennial Wheel,” invites singles to mingle on Navy Pier’s ferris wheel. Today I am, because I make the rules and I can change them if I want to. Uh, because I went speed dating this week, and chances are, you're probably curious about what that is/whether it was fun and if you should try it, and I've got your back. (Note: I've taken measures to protect the some of the innocent, stupid, and/or ridiculous people I met last night.Bear in mind, if you have any people skills whatsoever, four minutes goes by really fast, so theoretically, there's not enough time for it to get awkward if you don't hit it off. It was fun, there were appetizers, and the hostesses were lovely (and all foreign model/actress types).So, to be perfectly honest, I don't think I met my soul mate at speed-dating (I can feel the disappointment in all of your eyes), but I did come out of it with new friends and a renewed appreciation for people with superb conversational skills. In case you are interested in trying out this lark, here's the link: great that you are curious about trying speed dating.