On the other hand, a couple that decides they are incompatible early on will have to sit together for that duration of the round. Most speed dating events match people at random, and participants will meet different "types" that they might not normally talk to in some club. On the other hand, the random matching precludes that various cues, such as eye contact, that people use in bars to preselect each other before chatting them up. According to the New York Times, participants in speed dating experience an average of 2 in 10 and 3 in 10 matches.
In a study of speed dating conducted at Columbia University,
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During a series of mini dates, each spanning no more than a couple of minutes, participants in a speed-dating event evaluate a succession of eligible singles. They make split-second decisions on matters of the heart, creating a pool of information on one of the more ineffable yet vital questions of our time—how we select our mates. The concept of rapid-fire dating has gained tremendous popularity, spreading to cities all over the world. One speed-dating company in New York City, for example, holds a gathering almost every day. Start-up companies now meet with investors, pregnant couples interact with doulas, and homeless dogs court potential owners, all using the speed-dating format. Some years ago I caved to my curiosity and tried it out myself.
Researchers have been studying other races, too. Some of you did get it right, like Dan, who hypothesized that Asians are relatively more willing to date outside their race. David predicted that black men are more likely to date white women than white men are to date black women — which is right, although not for the reason many people think. Men are generally willing to date someone of another race, but women are more reluctant, especially African-American women.
The majority of the population was white. Participants were asked how important race was on a scale of , 1 being not important at all and 10 being very important, most said it was not important to them. So I decided to run the analysis for different groups.