The history of speed dating is a little vague, there are some who say that PWP were doing a type of speed dating as far back as the 1980s but the accepted history is that the first speed dating event was hosted by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and held at Peet’s Coffee and Tea in Beverley Hills in 1998.
This version tells of Rabbi Deyo sitting around in his living room with a group of friends trying to figure out a way to get the local LA Jewish singles to meet each other in a fun, time effective way. Now we can’t be sure if it’s urban myth or fact but the story goes that at least one of the friends sitting in Rabbi Deyo’s living room was a game show producer and a few others were entertainment industry people so the brief was to come up with something fun, entertaining and enticing. This creative bunch of LA locals came up with the speed dating concept where the singles would table hop their way through 12 mini dates in a few hours and so speed dating was born.
Is speed dating a good way to meet people? The problem with most speed dating events is that you get a random sample of people loosely based on age. At JJunction we hand pick the guests for each speed dating event so your chance of wanting to arrange a second date with someone is much higher than other speed dating services. At our last event there were 36 mutual matches for our 28 guests.
Speed dating is not meant for you to find love after a 6 minutes conversation (although it has happened). It’s appeal is that it is an efficient way to meet a lot of people in a short amount of time and the chance to get face to face with people. It’s far more realistic and exciting to make a decision to go on a date once you’ve actually met and spoken than to try and make a decision from reading a profile.
At speed dating you get a sense of the person, something you can’t do reading an on-line profile.
The secret to speed dating is all about taking the opportunity to follow up. The speed date gives you enough time to know if there is any mutual interest in getting to know the person better. If you are not sure, that should be a yes; meet again!
JJunction speed dating is a great way to meet a bunch of new people
in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
We’ve had long term relationships, 2 engagements and 1 wedding in 2 years from JJunction speed dating and they are just the ones we know about!