In this article, we’ll explain what it’s like to take part and what you can expect from the night.
What’s online speed dating like?
Online speed dating provides an opportunity to meet prospective dates face to face through digital means. This takes away a lot of the issues that can arise when using dating apps or meeting up in person. It also provides a fun night in filled with potential It’s a very safe – and fast – way to date.
If you’ve always fancied the immediacy of speed dating, but prefer to initiate the first contact from behind a screen, then online speed dating is certainly for you. And even if you already use apps and have tried speed dating in person, the online experience offers something that little bit different, to fit any lifestyle.
Online speed dating events
Online speed dating gives you the chance to chat with other singles via webcam, in much the same way you would with friends, on Zoom, Skype or Houseparty. Straight afterwards you fill in a form ticking who you liked from the group you met. And if that person puts a tick by your name too, you get an email within 24 hours, with contact info, letting you know you have a match. You can tick as many, as few, or none of the singles on the list. It’s entirely up to you. So there’s no pressure or expectations. And they won’t have any access to your private details until you agree that match. You can find out more about what – and what not – to do at online speed dating, in this article.
How does the rotation work on screen?
If you’re familiar with traditional speed dating, you’ll know that attendees face one another in pairs. The host rings a bell, at which point the guys move along a seat to chat to the next person. Similarly, each online event has a host to lead proceedings and tell you when it’s time to switch. But instead of sitting opposite each attendee, you’ll be allocated four minutes in a private chat room with each person, with a pause in between to make notes. The brief time period means you’re not stuck with anyone you don’t hit it off with. But you have enough time to identify those you do. The host/moderator is there to guide you, so you won’t be left wondering what to click next. They’ll explain it all as you go.
A virtual experience
Dating of any kind can feel daunting, but the nerves are massively reduced when you do it remotely. From the familiarity of your own surroundings, it’s easier to stay grounded and that helps you to comes across as more self-assured and confident. You can tailor your environment to your own liking – perhaps light some fragranced candles, or burn incense to help you feel relaxed. Or you can place a lucky charm, mascot or meaningful picture out of shot, to help you feel centred and reassured.
Will I like online speed dating?
Whether you’re outgoing or really shy, this kind of dating works brilliantly and tends to suit lots of personality types. It feels less intense than some face to face singles events, but archives a lot in a short space of time – perfect if you’re a busy person. Our events are designed to be really fun – it’s not just about the end result, but also about having a good time and meeting interesting people in the process.
Speed dating always achieves the objective of enabling you to chat to other singles in your area and to let them know if you’re interested. Whether you go on a date with one of these people after the event really depends on who’s there on the night and what you’re looking for. It’s not unusual to find someone you really like and even end up walking down the aisle with them.
We think you’ll love it. But if you’re still unconvinced, check out some of the testimonials from past attendees.
Safe online dating
Another helpful aspect of online speed dating is that you do it from home. There’s a set format, so no surprises or uncomfortable silences. And you don’t have to worry that the other person will be offended if you’re not interested because they don’t find out until after the event. You don’t have to give the attendees your private details or go out alone at night. Nor do you have to stress about catching the last bus. It’s the safest, most secure way to meet new people face to face.
Online speed dating in London
Everyone in London is short on time. And with the city being so huge, it can take far longer to get to an event than it does in other cities and towns. If you live in the capital online speed dating means you can cover so much more ground from home, than by trying to meet someone in a bar. If you live a distance away from any big towns and cities this is ideal too. Save yourself a long journey by speed dating online. Then once you’ve found a match, you can make the trip for a full date together.
We’ve been pretty clear that virtual speed dating is a winner. Do a little bit of preparation and you’ll have a great time. If you don’t find anyone special on your first attempt, try again. You never know who might be logging in the next time.
- How long does online speed dating last?
Usually, each ‘date’ will last around four minutes. The overall length of the night will depend on the number of participants, but you should allow around two to three hours, including breaks (even though you’re at home, you’ll still need to pop to the loo or grab a drink halfway).
- How much does online speed dating cost?
This can vary according to the location, but an average price for a speed dating event is just £12, so it’s a great option if you’re short on cash. There’s no taxi or bus fare needed and as it’s BYOB you even save on your beer money.