Saturday, June 8, 2013
As a single woman in the city, I have tried speed dating since it seems to be the next best thing to online dating (Sorry, OkCupid. Maybe one day I'll come back to you.). I've done it twice, and here's what I think: though it's an entertaining way to spend an evening, it's not the way to meet "The One." I prefer to have a busy schedule, planning something for at least 5 nights a week. Therefore, I would rather go speed dating than sit alone at home. It's fun because you have the chance to get dressed up, you meet some new people, and you can tell yourself you have a social life. BUT, there are downsides. For one, the women are much cuter than the men. Most of the men are guys you would never talk to at a bar, and now you're forced to attempt to hold a conversation with each of them for 4 minutes. You're more likely to leave a speed dating event with new girl friends than a potential date. Also, the age range can be quite large: I ended up talking with someone who had been in the Army for 25 years, and he said, "I bet that's longer than you've been alive." Yep. And the one time I did meet someone who was rather attractive, he never got back to me, so there ya go. If you're bored, I say do it, but don't expect to meet the man of your dreams.