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in that everybody is purportedly there to meet someone, they are grouped into compatible age ranges, it is time-efficient, and the structured interaction eliminates the need to introduce oneself.Unlike many bars, a speed dating event will, by necessity, be quiet enough for people to talk comfortably.While over 100 companies in the US offered speed dating through online registration during the growing of the Internet, between 20 three large speed dating companies emerged with a national footprint in the US, with events in over 50 US cities: Hurrydate, 8Minute Dating and Pre-Dating.In the UK, there are two companies that run events in more than twenty cities: Speed Dater and Slow Dating.The advantage of online speed dating is that users can go on dates from home as it can be done from any internet enabled computer.The disadvantage is people do not actually meet one another.On the other hand, feedback and gratification are delayed as participants must wait a day or two for their results to come in.The time limit ensures that a participant will not be stuck with a boorish match for very long, and prevents participants from monopolizing one another's time.
It is not known when speed dating was first carried out, but there were speed dating events in the London area in the mid-1970s.
Hurrydate was acquired by Spark Networks (Jdate/Christian Mingle).
Pre-Dating was acquired by Cupid.com, but eventually became independent again. Several online dating services offer online speed dating where users meet online for video, audio or text chats.
Online dating participants, in contrast, only find a compatible match with 1 in 100 or fewer of the profiles they study.
As reported by the BBC in the Science of Love, it only takes between 90 seconds to 4 minutes of face-to-face interaction to determine attraction, which gives speed dating an advantage over online dating.