There are many speed dating events now in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
But was it a dating disaster or an amourous affair? Everyone then writes down the name of the person they've been chatting to on their 'speeding ticket' with a few key facts to help them remember the person (hopefully 'teacher, 36, funny, likes mountain biking' and not 'boring, bald, unidentifiable strange smell') and ticks their name if they'd like to see them again.
At the end of the event, everyone logs onto the speed dating website and ticks the names of the people they'd like to see again.
If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties.
Contact information cannot be traded during the initial meeting, in order to reduce pressure to accept or reject a suitor to his or her face.
The men taking part were mostly at least ten years older than me, and after we had finished discussing what we do, where we're from and what we like doing in our spare time, finding common ground would be pretty difficult.
However as Carrie and friends in 'Sex and the City' often bemoan the lack of ways to meet available men, maybe speed dating (like online dating a few years ago) is the way forward.
The time limit ensures that a participant will not be stuck with a boorish match for very long, and prevents participants from monopolizing one another's time.
On the other hand, a couple that decides they are incompatible early on will have to sit together for the duration of the round.
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.
Because the matching itself happens after the event, people do not feel pressured to select or reject each other in person.