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The typical speed-dating event features women sitting at various locations around a room, often a coffee shop or bar, while men circulate and chat with each female for a few minutes.
A signal will then indicate that time is up and the men should move along to the next woman.
The process repeats until everyone at the event has “dated” each other.
Later, the male and female participants let the event organiser know which partners they would like to see again.
In most cultures, expectations about male and female dating behaviour (such as “guys approach girls”) are so entrenched that there are special days or dances where the script is flipped.
On Sadie Hawkins Day (traditionally observed in early November) or at a Sadie Hawkins Dance, women have the opportunity to invert social convention by asking men out on a date or to a dance.To study such scripts that underpin dating behaviour, researchers have used speed dating.Speed dating is a structured way for daters to meet a lot of people quickly.If the male and female indicate mutual interest, the organiser gives them each other’s contact information.If done efficiently, a speed dater could meet over a dozen potential dating partners in less than an hour.The typical speed-dating event relies heavily on the “male approaches female” norm.