Speed-daters, by contrast, have on any given night around 10 potential matches.The only preconditions are that they have all paid some money, dressed up a bit, come to a bar in town, and pinned on a name badge.Participants went on four-minute dates that researchers recorded.After the dates, participants filled out surveys about how much they had in common with their partner and, of course, whether they would be interested in seeing their partners again.By the end of the night, those scientists could tell you pretty quickly how likely it is that your date wants to see you again.It's not magic — it's Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC).LIWC is a computer program that scientists, including the psychologist James Pennebaker, created in the early 1990s.According to the LIWC website, the program sifts through text looking for patterns that reflect different emotions, thinking styles, and social concerns.
And that's not because we're attracted to people who are similar to us — the researchers observed this phenomenon even among partners who were pretty different.
I cover two venues in southeast England for one of the largest dating companies in the country.
Speed-dating has become ironic; it’s actually one of the slowest forms of dating around.
Her friend, Woman Number Six, quickly corroborates.“She is.
I've never met anyone more cougar-y.”“You know that the men are all going to be over 45, right? “We’re trying to reform her.”* * *On Monday nights, I’m a speed-dating host.