Speed dating match follow up

AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, I have always found the concept of speed dating fascinating.

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.

Speed dating, by comparison, offers the opportunity to chat up many eligible singles in rapid succession.

In a typical speed-dating event, participants pair off at individual tables and chairs for a few minutes of conversation.

The authors found that when the available prospects varied more in attributes such as age, height, occupation and educational background, people made fewer dating proposals.

This effect was particularly strong when individuals were faced with a large number of partners.

As you might imagine, I did not find the love of my life.

I made some beginner’s mistakes; however, I am not alone in having struggled with speed dating.

Some years ago I caved to my curiosity and tried it out myself. When the little buzzer went off after three minutes, I often found myself still trying to explain to my bedazzled dating partner why my last name has four syllables (it is Dutch).

Know Your Environment One problem with both speed dating and online dating may arise from how we hunt for the things we want.

Some items can be found with a simple search targeted at objective qualities.

Very generally speaking, good looks and youthful vigor are indeed useful metrics for mating because they signal health.

Yet if lifelong love is what you are after, a smorgasbord of singles might propel you to make stereotypical selections.

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