The men sat down next to us and we'd chat for four minutes each, and then the guys would get up and move one seat down.Bear in mind, if you have any people skills whatsoever, four minutes goes by really fast, so theoretically, there's not enough time for it to get awkward if you don't hit it off. It was fun, there were appetizers, and the hostesses were lovely (and all foreign model/actress types).According to a Singles in America study from Match.com, 22 percent of millennials are more likely to feel that tech has made finding love harder.In the interest of giving all the left- and right-swiping a rest, we sent Adam Lukach, Red Eye reporter, and Sadé Carpenter, Red Eye deputy editor, on a speed dating mission. Dating background Adam: After a yearslong relationship recently ended, I have returned to dating in earnest for the first time since 2013. In just the last few years, the different digital avenues available for dating have changed dramatically, and every option comes with its own learning curve.My straight, white, cis, male social profile is the most common there is, so I found many potential matches at the event, but those looking for a “less common” social profile might find some of these events frustrating in their scope of potential partners.The night of Adam: Without being sure what to expect, I was definitely nervous prior to the event.Instead of actual results with other human beings, I’ve spent more time instead considering how my photos look, what my bio says (and doesn’t say) and should I display my top Spotify artists? The process can be draining, especially with your phone at your fingertips.
And I’m holy by my own.”Pre-event Sadé: I’ve always wanted to try speed dating, which seemed perfect for a Valentine’s Day story.
Today I am, because I make the rules and I can change them if I want to. Uh, because I went speed dating this week, and chances are, you're probably curious about what that is/whether it was fun and if you should try it, and I've got your back. (Note: I've taken measures to protect the some of the innocent, stupid, and/or ridiculous people I met last night.
Also, this story involves complete strangers, and therefore, is unlikely to come back to haunt me.
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Check out my interview with Anoush where she answers your most burning speed dating questions! Our events tend to be a bit more relaxed, restrained, and sophisticated than your typical speed dating event.