Though the biggest takeaway was not a desired partner, it taught me that putting yourself out there to date is an opportunity to be experimental – there are various ways to expand one’s social circle and speed dating is just one of them!
Depending on what works, I would advise starting off with one without too much forced interaction, just to get the hang of things.
The unfortunate result is that sometimes the participants are so hardcore, you end up meeting the same “speed date” over and over again.
I got better with subsequent speed dating sessions and learned to even enjoy myself.
In the past, most older singles could turn to the agencies to find them a match only on exclusive one-on-one dates.
They found it awkward to attend large-group events with participants mostly in their 20s or 30s.