Speed dating first evolved over a decade ago, but it has become much more popular in recent years, especially among baby boomers and seniors.
Perhaps the increasing need for companionship is to blame, or maybe the adrenalin-pumping nature of the event makes it so attractive.
It is a formalized process in which the participants are broken up into pairs and rotate partners every 3-8 minutes (depending on the event).Each pair sits down and gets to know one another, or “date”.When time is up, the coordinator will ring a bell, blow a whistle, or clink a glass, at which point the participants switch seats to meet the next person.After the “daters” have done a full rotation and met one another, each individual will write a list of who he or she would like to see again.If two participants have written down each other’s names, the event organizer will forward the contact information to both parties.
(The idea is that the participants will not feel pressure to accept or request contact information face to face.) The first organized speed-dating event took place in 1998 in Beverly Hills, California.Since then, speed dating has spread across the globe.Most speed-dating events specify a certain cultural background, religion, or age group as a requirement to participate.Among the over-50 population, this style of dating is especially common.With greater wisdom and dating experience, older adults tend to know exactly what they are looking for in a partner.For this reason, they benefit from quick dates; they know what questions to ask, and after just a few minutes, they can usually tell if there is potential for a relationship, romantic or non-romantic.