There’s been a lot of talk about speed dating in recent years – there’s even been a movie about it but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Are you better off just filling in your profile on one of the top dating sites and doing your dating one step at a time? Can you really know in just a couple of minutes whether the person at the other side of the table is your type? Doesn’t it make the whole thing a little bit impersonal, kind of like grocery shopping?
Here are some of the truths about speed dating – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Speeding Dating is Good For
Anyone who is awkward at first encounters will probably die a thousand deaths at the sheer thought of speed dating but hey, step out of your comfort zone and give it a try. Anyone who needs a little help in improving their conversation and social skills can benefit from a speed dating session – it really helps you to get used to being more relaxed when you meet strangers so take the plunge and go for it.
Speed dating is also good for anyone who is particularly attractive, sorry but it’s true. Tall, handsome, athletic guys won’t every have much trouble finding a mate when speed dating, although finding a long term partner might prove more difficult. Seemingly it’s great for slim, attractive girls. One positive is that you know all of the people who are speed dating are available and single – so it’s always a good idea to get chatting to the ones which catch your eye at the bar before the event even gets under way.
Speed Dating is Not Good For
Unfortunately anyone who has not been blessed with, shall we say, favorable physical attributes may find speed dating a little more of a struggle. Some people need a little bit of time for their personalities to shine through, getting through the awkward stage and really showing their best qualities.
Remember in speed dating more than probably anything else, first impressions count so make sure that the first impression you make is a good one.
Speed dating may not be the best option for someone looking for a long and meaningful relationship too. Although many of the people who attend speed dating events are genuinely looking for love, there are also a large number of those who are simply looking for a good time and relish the thought of a bunch of single, eligible potential partners to help them out.
Whilst first impressions cannot say whether you will definitely hit it off with a person, you can also immediately tell which people are not worth more than the couple of minutes of your time. Speed dating is certainly a better option than turning up for a hot date only to discover in the opening minutes that you’d rather be at home, curled up with a good book or checking out http://thedatingdirectory.com.
Some people have been known to hang around speed dating events without actually booking a place and doing the whole speed dating thing. They simply check out the time and date of the event then turn up a little bit later and hang around in the bar area for the people to emerge – the majority of them come out for a drink later on and hey presto – a selection of single, available people all in the mood to meet their ideal partners. Okay, so this may be a little bit sneaky but they do say that “he who dares, wins”.