Not that I felt like I had met the man of my dreams or anything, but I was shocked that it was so much fun. I have to get dressed, drive to the location, and small-talk nearly two dozen people over a two-hour period. That superficiality helps explain its popularity. Speed dating is a sort of throwback to the dating of fifty years ago: superficial social events governed by prescribed social rules. This is really tough.
In a hotel conference room, you may have had the opportunity to set up pairs of chairs away from the training tables. You see friends get married, stay married, and build long-lasting relationships while you tag along as a third wheel. Events are put on by local organizers on behalf of the company.