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. Speed-dating singles were supposed to use short drawing exercises as their ice breakers at El Segundo Museum of Art. Speakers in the gallery rock low strains of a romantic playlist including “True” by the 1980s new wave band Spandau Ballet, and fragrant perfume drifts through the air. as the awkward truth of the situation dawns on the women. Eight women mill about the museum lobby, carefully dressed and nervously snacking on a cheese and veggie platter laid out beside bottles of Champagne and wine.In column 1, you wrote the number of the guy you're dating, in column 2 his name, and in column 3, what you ranked him on scale from "Maybe, let's have one more drink" to "Never in a million years" (no joke, it said that on the scale).After mingling at the bar for a bit, we all sat down at a long table, where there was an empty chair next to each woman.As in, I conveniently forgot their names.)Rewind two weeks: I'm hanging out with some girlfriends and one of them mentions how she saw a groupon-like deal for speed dating.In my head, I said, "Wouldn't it be fun if we all did that?
Speed-dating events abound in Philadelphia, as they do in other major metropolitan areas.
" Obviously, everyone agreed because we all bought them the very next day.
I vowed to go in with an open mind, and if I didn't come out of it with a date, I'd at least have a good story.
Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process of dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people.
The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.