Unlike many bars, a speed dating event will, by necessity, be quiet enough for people to talk comfortably.Participants can come alone without feeling out of place; alternatively it is something that women who like to go out in groups can do together.
Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.
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.
Most speed dating events match people at random, and participants will meet different "types" that they might not normally talk to in a club.
On the other hand, the random matching precludes the various cues, such as eye contact, that people use in bars to preselect each other before chatting them up.