So when an offer to join a special speed dating event fell into my lap, I snapped it up. To half the men I met I would present myself as a faithful beauty, then halfway through I’d change into an ageing floozy, with the help of a few strategic lies and some smudged make-up.
Here was my chance to go undercover, to secretly test the fundamental theory of mate selection: is it a matter of individual taste or biological destiny? If the scientists were right, by conveying the feminine virtues of fidelity and fertility I would have the best possible chance of catching my man, and my metamorphosis should help highlight this.
If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties.
Speed-dating events are most often held in restaurants and bars, although events are cropping up in other places, like student unions on college campuses.Speed dating, as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events.The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.It ranks up there with getting a balanced diet, avoiding sudden death and rearing our offspring.But how do you make a scientific assessment of an act that is highly personal, and often serendipitous and inexplicable even to the parties involved? It allows psychologists and biologists to test their theories in a real – if slightly contrived – setting.