eight minutes is allegedly more than enough time to determine whether the range of a mate's hormones is complementary to your own The original idea of speed-dating is based on an organised event in which a group of men and women are rotated to meet each other for no more than eight minutes.
They are then forced to move on to the next person when the minutes are up.
At the end of the session, they indicate whether they are interested in any of the individuals they have met, and if there is a match, contact details are forwarded between them.
The idea reputedly has a scientific basis: eight minutes is allegedly more than enough time to determine whether the range of a mate's hormones is complementary to your own, this being a key factor in so-called 'first impressions'.
'But now British men and women who lack the time to conduct a gentle courtship have a new way to find a partner.
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The craze of speed-dating then took off rapidly in the UK with the establishment of dedicated websites (e.g.
and the company Speed Dater Ltd, who continue to stage events in London and across the United Kingdom.
If we like each other, we can ski together as long as we want.
If we don’t click, I can go back to the base and get a new match.