In a typical speed-dating event, participants pair off at individual tables and chairs for a few minutes of conversation.
When the buzzer sounds, half of the singles move to another chair and a different partner, in a kind of round robin.
Speed-dating events can promote a particular decision-making style that might not always work in our favor.
One speed-dating company in New York City, for example, holds a gathering almost every day.
In spite of maxims about so many fish in the sea, for example, recent research tells us that the heart prefers a smaller pond.
In a study in 2011 in the journal , University of Edinburgh psychologist Alison P.
This effect was particularly strong when individuals were faced with a large number of partners.
Additionally, in speed-dating events where the characteristics of the daters varied much more, most participants did not follow up with any of their matches.