It is not known when speed dating was first carried out, but there were speed dating events in the London area in the mid-1970s.
Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.
As reported by the BBC in the Science of Love, it only takes between 90 seconds to 4 minutes of face-to-face interaction to determine attraction, which gives speed dating an advantage over online dating.
Speed dating, as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events.
In the UK, there are two companies that run events in more than twenty cities: Speed Dater and Slow Dating.
The largest speed dating company in Australia is Speed Dating Australia Pty Ltd.
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.
There are many speed dating events now in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
The disadvantage is people do not actually meet one another.