But it was all downhill from there

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It seems to me that while speed dating may be an artificial way of meeting people, at least you are out of your house and actually meeting them in person. But I didn't realize it at the time. Speed dating is hit or miss. It even turned out to be too long in some cases.

There was no shortage of international students, somethings and somethings, from all different programs and walks of life. Some speed dating events have an age range for participants. Because of time restrictions, the event ended an hour late and yet I only got through two-thirds of the women there.

But it was all downhill from there. By the end of the night, I'd had fun. It's the length of time we are supposed to spend brushing our teeth. If you both write each other's names down, then it's a match and the event coordinators send contact information to the potential couple. In the end, I found I had a fun night, even though I only wrote down three names.

Speed dating is an easy way to meet dozens of potential dates in one evening. After the mingling I found myself actually excited to begin the process. Skipping superficial questions such as hometown, undergraduate degree and current studies, I shot straight for the important questions. At first I was disappointed to learn that the time we would be spending with each potential partner had been reduced from five minutes to two. When I heard we'd talk to each potential candidate for two minutes, I thought that may not be enough time.

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It's great for someone who is busy or doesn't feel like getting off the couch to find love. By the end of the night, I was getting tired of asking the same question all the time, but it at least gave me a clue about what the man across from me was like.

For about a half-hour, all the speed daters talked to each other in a lounge setting while enjoying cheese and wine samplings. All the women lined up on one side of several tables scrunched together, while the men sat across from them and rotated one seat over every two minutes.

Two minutes sometimes felt like two days when I went speed dating for the first time last week. But it can also be the perfect way to dash all your hopes if you get zero matches. It's not that I'm superficial, but if there's zero attraction, there's zero chance.

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Maybe sometimes two minutes just isn't long enough. But I can definitely say it wasn't a turn-on for me. And it turned out that two minutes was all that was needed.

The initial attractiveness question being answered immediately, I then probed mainly into hobbies. The next day, I was informed that I had no matches but had three who picked me though I didn't pick them. The event I attended lasted more than three hours.

One of the first men who sat across from me said he'd come to the event for the free food. No matter what though, it is a guaranteed way to have fun for a couple of hours, and there is something thrilling about meeting dozens of new people in a span of several hours.