There are many speed dating events now in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
Requirement for each event vary with the organizer.
If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties.
Contact information cannot be traded during the initial meeting, in order to reduce pressure to accept or reject a suitor to his or her face.
On the other hand, a couple that decides they are incompatible early on will have to sit together for the duration of the round.
Most speed dating events match people at random, and participants will meet different "types" that they might not normally talk to in a club.
With more and more people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and above in the UK logging onto the internet to find friendship and companionship, love and romance, there are a wealth of potential daters out there who are hoping to meet someone they can share their time and thoughts with.
Dating at 40 can be one of the most exciting – you know what it is you do and don’t like, you are far less inclined to suffer fools gladly and if there’s the opportunity to try something new then you can make the time to do so.
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.A 2005 study at the University of Pennsylvania of multiple Hurry Date speed dating events found that most people made their choices within the first three seconds of meeting.Furthermore, issues such as religion, previous marriages, and smoking habits were found to play much less of a role than expected.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.At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to.Specific age range based on gender is a common restriction for events.