The origin of speed dating

The concept of speed-dating originated in Los Angeles, California

in 1999. It was invented by a rabbi to help singles in the Jewish

community find a partner. Originally singles were given eight

minutes together, to make an impression before moving on to

the next potential partner. At the end of the rotation they wrote

down who was hot and who was not, and in the case of a good

match contact details were exchanged.

The concept was soon exported, and took off in London in 2000.

The craze soon spread all over the UK, and spawned Speed

Dating Agencies and an Internet Site for finding Mr. or Ms right.

The eight minute limit is supposedly based on science. It is the

time required for our hormones to tell us whether the person

opposite us is a potential mate. In our increasingly busy lives,

where traditional courtship rituals are disappearing this time

limit has now been further reduced to only three minutes, about

the same time it takes us to brush our teeth.

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