“I had a nice time, and met nice people.” Will he go back?
She calls it “hipster speed dating” and defines it as a way to polish up the dating skills that online dating and social networking sites, such as Facebook, have helped to obliterate.
“I don’t think it’s better, but I do think it’s more fun,” Segal says.
Segal and other planners in New York say the best-attended events are the ones that appeal to specific populations — such as ethnic and religious groups, pet lovers or people whose idea of a good time is a workout session at the gym.
The AP article cited one agency that had hosted some 10,000 date-seekers over the past two years, and the headline on the piece was “Speed dating gets a revival among 20-somethings.” In San Francisco, the signs of a revival are less prevalent.
After just one experience at a Hurry Date event for Jewish singles, Anna Ryaboy is sold on the concept.“It’s one of the few events in the Bay Area where you can meet so many single Jewish men at the same time,” says Ryaboy, 39, of San Francisco.