Some years ago I caved to my curiosity and tried it out myself. When the little buzzer went off after three minutes, I often found myself still trying to explain to my bedazzled dating partner why my last name has four syllables (it is Dutch).
As you might imagine, I did not find the love of my life.
Last year online coupon company Groupon hosted the world’s largest speed-dating event, with 414 attendees crammed into a restaurant in Chicago.
Start-up companies now meet with investors, pregnant couples interact with doulas, and homeless dogs court potential owners, all using the speed-dating format.
Outside of dire incompatibility, always go on a second date. Women tend to make friends with other women while seeking men, which is awesome I went through an odd period in my mid-20s when I would go out to bars and parties and accidentally pick up women-friends instead of dudes to make out with.