'But now British men and women who lack the time to conduct a gentle courtship have a new way to find a partner.
Welcome to the world of speed-dating, where young singles can meet a prospective partner on a 'dating conveyor belt' that allows them three minutes to decide if this is Mr or Ms Right.' Proponents of speed-dating argue that it only takes a few minutes to decide whether someone is romantically compatible, and that first impressions are usually permanent!
Speed Dating was initially designed as “rapid-fire courtship” process, to help Jewish singles to meet and if God wills, to marry.
Today, modern speed dating is still rooted in shidduch, but with formal dating services replacing the role of the Rabbi and his wife as matchmakers.
These services compile the data from brief encounters between daters and then inform each attendee of the results, allowing interested parties that scored a "match" to pursue another meeting with each other.
Today however, Speed Dating has taken on a life of its own, mainly secular in nature.
That said, at Catholic Speed our intention is to stay closer to the roots of Speed Dating, focusing on “courtship” rather than “dating”, and in a manner speaking to Christianize Rabbi Yaacov Deyo concept.