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Which is better? Meeting someone face to face vs in app

Friday May 5, 2023

In today's world, it's common to meet new people through dating apps or social media. However, meeting someone in person can be very different from meeting them online. While both methods have their pros and cons, meeting in person allows for more authentic communication, gives you control over time and place, and allows you to gauge a person's trustworthiness and intentions.

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Why did a speed dating company build an online dating site in 2021?

Friday February 19, 2021

We needed a hub to bring all our clients together.

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Why choose Speed Dating with Original Dating?

Friday May 11, 2018

Being single is hard work but it shouldn't have to be. You're swiping left, photo after photo waiting for something to swipe right to. Maybe this guy next to the sedated tiger or maybe this girl posing on her trip to Auschwitz (I've seen these on tinder believe it or not!). Then there's the whole debacle of texting someone you've never met and to make matters worse they've put something like 'If you're just gonna say hey, how are how? Keep swiping' in their profile. Great, that's just fantastic, now you've also got to be some incredibly witty comedian and jump through hoops for some narcissist.

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Does speed dating work?

Friday May 4, 2018

Does speed dating work? Will I meet anyone I like? People don't take it seriously though, do they? It's just a bit of fun? You name it, I've heard them all. And the answer to all of the above is, yes.

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Vlog #4 - Is technology dehumanising dating?

Monday March 19, 2018

Welcome to Original Dating's Vlog with Business Development Director -Stuart.

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OD Social Media Rewards

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Original Dating is going full social media as of next year!

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Dating Profile Clichés – And Other True Stories

Thursday June 4, 2015

There’s no doubt that the stigma surrounding online dating is in significant retreat. At the same time, traditional online dating, while not statistically in decline, is finding its dominance challenged by the emergence of dating apps.

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How to reply to an online dating message

Friday March 20, 2015

Er meh gerd! You so, like, totes got a message! So how do you like, y’know, respond n stuff? Congratulations. You’ve clearly been reading my advice and written an awesome profile, your photos look good and you’ve been rewarded with a message!

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Top 5 Reasons why online dating is unlikely to work for you

Tuesday March 17, 2015

Online Dating is a misnomer, the internet is full of fakes and liars and the industry has got it all wrong. At least so thinks our regular blogger John Davis. So here’s John’s top 5 reasons why online dating isn't all it’s cracked up to be.

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The next step - How to get her to reply to your message

Thursday March 12, 2015

The speed dating event went well. You met a few great people. You even got a few matches on Mixeo. So how do you turn these online matches into something more substantial? How do you message someone to increase the possibility they will reply?

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The Science of Dating: why we should stop dating online

Wednesday October 8, 2014

It's something we've always believed to be true, online dating doesn't work. Of course, as a speed dating events company, we would say that wouldn't we. But now, according to The Telegraph there's some science to back up our assertions. Indeed, even the boss of admits himself that dating cycles are shorter when people meet online.

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The perils of Tinder

Thursday September 25, 2014

Tinder is big news at the moment and there's no denying it, it's changing the way people date. The trouble with Tinder however, just like online dating that came before it is it’s all just so darn superficial. Dating decisions on these platforms have to be all about looks as you’ve really got nothing else to work on. Now we’re not suggesting for a minute that all Tinder users are shallow but we found this social experiment carried out on a few unwitting Tinder users very interesting, so why not take a look.

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Why it’s important to get dating the right way round

Thursday May 22, 2014

For many singles seeking to meet new people for romantic liaisons in 2014 the internet, it’s established, is the obvious place to start. Online dating sites are the newspaper personal columns of our time. Vast directories of willing singles, all in one convenient place. But here, the listings are searchable and filterable by every possible metric imaginable. For the right-thinking single this is the obvious hunting ground, surely.

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Monday November 11, 2013

Back in 2010, a documentary – Catfish* - was released that followed the exploits of Nev Schulman. Nev had established a serious relationship online but suspicions grew as to the veracity of his paramour’s true identity. Nev undertakes to meet her in person. In reality she is, of course, somewhat different from her online persona.

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Some things work just better offline

Tuesday September 10, 2013

It sounds like a treatment for a reality TV show. Take 40 strangers. Put them in a room. Add a drop of alcohol. Force them to chat to each other for four minutes each. Light the blue touch paper and stand well back. Perhaps not even a reality show, perhaps simply a disaster movie. And yet this is what we do 6 nights a week, 51 weeks of the year. And we've yet to scrape blood off the walls.

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Do Online Marriages Really Last Longer?

Thursday June 6, 2013

So, a recently published report has found that couples that meet online enjoy longer lasting marriages. Apparently this is due to the time it takes to meet someone and the amount of information you find out about each other before doing so.

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Dating is about People Not Pixels

Friday January 11, 2013

There's no doubt that online dating is popular these days, but I think it's fair to say it does have some drawbacks. Let's examine them.

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The darker side of online dating

Wednesday November 14, 2012

I was recently asked if online dating was a dying trend. This may sound ridiculous; it's difficult to get a good fix on how much the online dating industry is worth but even conservative estimates put it at around the £700,000,000 (not far short of a billion) mark in the UK alone. And usage is growing. An estimated 60% of singles have tried online dating.

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The Rise and Rise of Speed Dating

Wednesday September 5, 2012

Following a surge in popularity of speed dating in the early 2000s, fuelled in part by its glamorisation in popular TV shows and the media, the speed dating boom subsided and gave way to a rise in internet dating websites.

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The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes for speed dating London. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.