By Khaleda Rahman The air buzzes with excitement and anticipation. Well, what did I expect? I am, after all, here to speed date. Putting preconceived notions aside, I took a couple of single gal pals, Louise and Katie, both 22, to see if speed dating really could be the way to go. Shows like Sex and the City helped glamourise it as a trend for young single professionals.
London is a notoriously anti-social city and movie-style meet-cutes never happen in real life! A spokesperson for a speed dating company said: To potential first-timers, she added: Would her theory prove true for my experience?
An extremely nervous-looking chap comes over. By the time Henry got to my friend, he was working at Sea World! Now on to the next one… And you can imagine my shock when the aforementioned Alfie saunters over, with the swagger of a predator in his natural habitat. Clearly the conversation was lacking, as his eyes began to wander. To be fair, they were not all bad. I enjoyed a pleasant conversation with a software developer who had just moved to London.
It takes me about 30 seconds or so to tell if someone is genuine and this one appeared so — in this case, conversation flowed naturally. First impressions are, of course, a vital component in speed dating. A University of Pennsylvania study found that most people make their choices within three seconds of meeting.
Personally, it took me a fraction of a second to decide that I never wanted to see some of these men ever again. He ended his date with an overly-generous introduction of his friend. A little worse for wear, Lewis wailed at one point: I just need someone to iron my shirts! We are much better than this. Little did they know I fully appreciated their alcohol-induced candor. Seizing an opportunity to get an honest answer, I asked them their opinion of their fellow speed daters.
Alex claimed the place was full of lonely, desperate people and their friends! A company spokesperson said: I felt like I was on show and it did feel a little bit like a market! The men at the event were definitely not an accurate reflection of the available men in London — and if so, I might just stay single forever. And the most romantic moment of the evening? Sharing an umbrella with the lovely Louise on the way to the tube station.
In my opinion speed dating events are not the place to go if you are seriously looking for love — the odds are just not in your favour. You have to try speed dating in London 31 How many times have you signed up for a dating app, only to feel like you wasted your time on endless texts instead of real dates?
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