One speed-dating company in New York City, for example, holds a gathering almost every day.
During the dating portion of the evening, a predetermined group of individuals will stay seated at the same tables throughout the night, while the rest of the participants will move from table to table.
When the allotted time is up, the host will ring a buzzer or bell signifying that it is time to move to the next date.
Speed dating is designed to give participants the opportunity to go on mini dates with anywhere from 10 to 25 (or more) people in a single evening.
Each date lasts between 3 and 10 minutes, giving the pair time to get to know each other while also keeping them from being stuck with a bad match for too long.
AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, I have always found the concept of speed dating fascinating.