Speed dating vs online dating

Well as it happens those lovely folks at Match are here to rescue you.

In the past you’ll have heard me talking about ‘online dating vs offline dating’ and how I’m a big advocate of rediscovering the lost art of conversation whether online or offline.

After reading my stories for the past three years you’ll all know by now how much I love the world of dating, right?

Well for every memorable mishap and love story that’s happened to me many of you (understandably) still grumble that dating has become tedious, boring, predictable and ultimately a waste of time.

Speed-daters, by contrast, have on any given night around 10 potential matches.

The only preconditions are that they have all paid some money, dressed up a bit, come to a bar in town, and pinned on a name badge.

I spend half an hour setting up the room, putting café numbers on the tables, and writing out name badges.

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At a conference in Los Angeles earlier this year, Tinder CEO Sean Rad told press that the app now matches 10 million people every day.

The big advantage of speed dating of course is that you are guaranteed to meet other singles (ostensibly).

Everyone is there for the same reason; they are trying to find someone just like you are.

The organisers take care of the details and email the next day with your matches.

Your personal data is never shared with anyone else. With speed dating you need to remember that first impressions count a great deal.