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A Take on Speed Dating

If you're at a certain age, unless you have severe social inhibitions, chances are you know the ins and outs of the laws of attraction: of catching someone's eye, flirting with your body language, and finally releasing all those pheromones into the air, signaling a match.

And perhaps you've been burnt by a divorce (or two), scarred by bad relationships with totally unsuitable partners, too jaded to flirt, too tired to take the effort at traditional courtship and above all, too busy. But you cringe at the thought of making the rounds of the singles bars, swimming in a fog of cigarette smoke, tipsy from too many drinks and trying to start conversations over blaring music, the haze of alcohol daring you to kiss any frog or take any hag home.

Scheduling a speed dating appointment is as easy as paying online with your credit card, as a recent article shares. Unlike a doctor's appointment, you won't spend long hours in the waiting room, just a minimum of 3 to 8 minutes per potential date.

So you pep-talk yourself into joining groups of males and females with the singular purpose of forming some sort of romantic partnership. Look at it as a mass date-a-thon along the lines of a factory assembly line, featuring several convenient, quick interludes, almost like lining up at the bank... take a number... ding! Next!

Speed dating, unlike online dating, has been around for quite a number of years. It seeks to throw together a good number of eligibles of the opposite (or the same) sex to meet and make the most connections in one sitting. This is a system of "collect and select", where single men and women narrow down their choice to a few promising partners. Save time, save money and save you the trouble of enduring another hour with a person that you are simply not attracted to.

For some singles, speed dating may be just the answer to their partner-search. It's like a pre-evaluation of potential dates. But you need not worry about having to disclose anything extremely personal. It's an opportunity to showcase your witty charm and easy going personality. And on the off-chance you both light a spark within the space of time it takes to brush your teeth, then be sure to properly mark down his or her number.

Since there's no face-to-face rejection, all missed connections will just move to the next designated table. Of course, if they all turned out to be misconnection, there's always that free slot on your calendar two months from now for another speed dating event. And in the next lucky instance, who knows, you might find The One (or The Next One).

Posted by eDatingCentral.com Aug 19, 2007 6:23 am

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