Instead, they’re observations about the factors that contribute to romantic chemistry.
When on a first date — or, really, in any situation — it’s probably best to just be yourself.
Some theorize that online daters may be wearing rose colored glasses when looking at potential dates — filling in the information gaps with positive qualities in a potential partner (Gibbs et al., 2006).
This study also found that the narrative self-descriptive sections of the profiles played a key role in attractiveness, but the fixed choice sections of the profiles (where users have to pick from a specific set of descriptors, i.e., “Have children now,” “Want children someday,” “Don’t want children,” smoker/non-smoker, etc.) only minimally affected attractiveness ratings.
However, these fixed choice descriptors allow users to triage by easily weeding out those who don’t meet their dealbreaker criteria for a partner (Fiore et al., 2008).
Essentially, a session of heterosexual speed dating involves a group of women sitting around in a circle and a group of men who rotate around them.
Everyone gets a chance to meet (and flirt); and successful pairings are given contact info to try their luck in the "real world."Speed dating is useful for obvious reasons, like sharing horror stories about inappropriate participants.