minute dating, a type of speed dating, is becoming increasingly popular
for all sorts of single people. 8 minute dating is usually organized
by a dating agency that a single person has previously been involved
with, but singles can also join an 8 minute dating event not affiliated
with any particular agency.
Rules of 8 Minute Dating
During an 8 Minute Dating session, men and women (although 8 minute
dating has been increasing in gay communities) meet each other
for eight minutes and then rotate onto another person for another
eight minutes. The traditional 8 minute dating has singles meet
eight different people for eight minutes at a time between rotations.
At the end of an eight minute meeting, singles are forced to
move onto the next date even if they are really connecting with
the person they are interacting with.
To reduce pressure during the date, personal information such
as last names or phone numbers cannot be exchanged between meeting
couples. At the end of the night, singels turn in a list of the
people they would like to go on a second date with to the organizers
of the meeting. If the person they would like to meet has also
requested another meeting with them, contact information such as
a phone number or email address are given to each person. A single
person participating in 8 minute dating can pick as many people
as he or she would like for a second date.
Can Single Daters Really Connect in Eight Minutes?
The concept of 8 minute dating is that single people try to meet
several people in a short amount of time to see if any of the
people could turn into potential relationship partners (or at
least second dates). Two people try to get to know one another
for eight minutes and see if there is a spark. Many believe that
it only takes a short period of time for two people to recognize
if there is any sort of mutual attraction. If you are of this
philosophy then 8 minute dating may seem like a great choice.
Pros of Eight Minute Dating
Advocates of 8 minute dating have listed the following positive
reasons why speed dating is such a great way to meet someone:
can meet several different people in a short amount of time
you don’t like someone, you can leave the date after
only eight short minutes
are not stuck with the same person the entire night, as in
a blind date
have an ability to test your social skills out on numerous
types of people regardless of attraction
may be able to meet some new friends, if not a boyfriend
is a fun thing to do on a Friday or Saturday night rather
than stay home alone
Cons of 8 Minute Dating
The main argument for why 8 minute dating and other forms of speed
dating may not be a good way for singles to meet someone is simply
that a few minutes is not enough time to figure out whether or
not you would enjoy a second date. Other potential cons include,
depending on your personality and dating interests: too much
competition as you have to compete with several other singles
in the same evening, not enough differentiation between one date
to the next, and having to leave the table of a person you really
like when all you want to do is continue talking to that person.
The bottom line is that 8 minute dating may not be for everyone,
but it has definitely proven to spark compatible relationships
between couples. And, it will undoubtedly continue to do so for
quite some time. If you are single and want to meet a lot of people
quickly, you may want to consider 8 minute dating as an option.
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