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At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date.
At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to.
Hurrydate was acquired by Spark Networks (Jdate/Christian Mingle).
Pre-Dating was acquired by Cupid.com, but eventually became independent again. Several online dating services offer online speed dating where users meet online for video, audio or text chats.
Speed dating, as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events.
It is not known when speed dating was first carried out, but there were speed dating events in the London area in the mid-1970s.
Other studies found speed-dating data useful as a way to observe individual choices among random participants.
They were the first to hold Speed Dating Events in Australia in 2004 and still operate to this present day.
While over 100 companies in the US offered speed dating through online registration during the growing of the Internet, between 20 three large speed dating companies emerged with a national footprint in the US, with events in over 50 US cities: Hurrydate, 8Minute Dating and Pre-Dating.
In the UK, there are two companies that run events in more than twenty cities: Speed Dater and Slow Dating.
Participants can come alone without feeling out of place; alternatively it is something that women who like to go out in groups can do together.
Because the matching itself happens after the event, people do not feel pressured to select or reject each other in person.Online dating participants, in contrast, only find a compatible match with 1 in 100 or fewer of the profiles they study.