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5 Benefits of speed dating

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Should you speed date?

If you're looking to meet someone new, try speed dating. A date that is just a few minutes long certainly has its advantages.

Should you speed date?

1It's almost over.

Sometimes, a traditional date is so horrible that you count down the minutes until it's over or try to find a way to end it early. With speed dating, no matter how obnoxious he is, it's almost over. The typical speed date lasts only five to 10 minutes.

2The environment is comfortable.

Speed dating events often take place at a club or bar. Drinks are served when you arrive, and you get a name badge. You are assigned a place to sit at a booth or a table. It's a relaxed, informal, safe environment where you'll feel comfortable.

3Variety is the spice of life.

With the wide variety and high volume of men you meet at a speed dating event, you are sure to find one or two who interest you. Even if you don't, it's an interesting way to spend an evening.

4You won't stutter through awkward pauses.

You don't have to worry about awkward silence or boring topics. Because you only have a few minutes to get an impression, you can ask the questions that you actually care about.

5It's inexpensive.

The service typically costs $20 to $30 in most areas and often includes drinks and munchies.

Check out websites such as or to find a speed dating event near you.

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