Speed-dating events can promote a particular decision-making style that might not always work in our favor.
During a series of mini dates, each spanning no more than a couple of minutes, participants in a speed-dating event evaluate a succession of eligible singles.
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.
After the event is over, the daters submit to the event’s organizers the names of the individuals they would like to see again.
It sounds simple, but each variable in the design of the event can affect the daters’ outcomes.
But you don't get a break; the site relentlessly bombards you with pop-ups featuring an attractive cartoon woman asking you to share your Speed activity with your Facebook friends or, more frequently, to become a paying Speed Date member.
You can't see messages or who's "liked" you or initiate a chat with someone Speed Date hasn't selected as a match without paying, and the friendly cartoon lady will not let you forget it even for a second.But you're somewhat powerless over the number of speed dates you have and the speed with which they pop up; the onslaught often continues even after you've asked the site (nicely) to pause speed dating.Anytime you close a speed date window, the site forces you to select a reason, and then you can either have a speed date with someone else or ask the site to give you a break.The Speed Date interface resembles Facebook quite a bit: You can navigate among blue tabs and red balloons signifying your notifications, and chat windows pop up in a blue toolbar at the bottom of the screen.View different profiles by clicking "next profile" or "previous profile" for each "match" Speed Date chooses for you, or browse members by age, location, and so on.The concept of rapid-fire dating has gained tremendous popularity, spreading to cities all over the world.