The middle-aged woman talked for a few more minutes, over gales of nervous laughter, but I had other things on my mind. Here we were: a bunch of hopeful, hopeless romantics, going out of our way on a cold night to engage in awkward, mostly meaningless three-minute conversations with perfect strangers. To go to these lengths just to tell someone that the "Game of Thrones" books are so much better than the show would be preposterous and futile; no, in fact, the majority of discussion wasn’t literary at all.She could have been improvising bawdy limericks or outlining a 9-9-9 economic plan for all I was paying attention: frankly, this is the point in the story where your intrepid reporter’s journalistic professionalism wavered. ” The guy next to me leaned over then and pointed to the book he had brought: as well. Rather, most of us preferred to discuss the obvious: how odd it was to be speed-dating, how we didn’t normally do things like speed-date, how speed-dating as a concept was antithetical to our personalities, how we weren’t even really, like, looking for romance anyway. This was not just a collection of literary-minded people smugly seeking other literary-minded people to delicately paw at, but rather a case of just people seeking people.A fast playing card game of speed dating where players slap down cards, as fast as they can, trying to make make great matching couples for the best score. Approved for All Audiences: The game must not show any violence, not even cartoonish.Stepping on living mushrooms is off the list, as is killing any type of enemies, not even undead, though we know they’re already dead…
The woman was pretty, no doubt, but Literary Speed Dating as a concept was overcoming me.
Start-up companies now meet with investors, pregnant couples interact with doulas, and homeless dogs court potential owners, all using the speed-dating format.
Some years ago I caved to my curiosity and tried it out myself. When the little buzzer went off after three minutes, I often found myself still trying to explain to my bedazzled dating partner why my last name has four syllables (it is Dutch).
They make split-second decisions on matters of the heart, creating a pool of information on one of the more ineffable yet vital questions of our time—how we select our mates.
The concept of rapid-fire dating has gained tremendous popularity, spreading to cities all over the world.