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Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process of dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people. Its origins are credited to Rabbi Yaacov Deyo of Aish HaTorah , originally as a way to help Jewish singles meet and marry. [1] [2] [3] SpeedDating , as a single word, is a registered trademark of Aish HaTorah. Speed dating , as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events.

There are many speed dating events now in the United Kingdom , Canada , and the United States. Requirement for each event vary with the organizer. Specific age range based on gender is a common restriction for events. Many speed dating events are targeted at particular communities: for example, LGBT people, polyamorists , [4] Christians. [5] Graduate student speed dating events are common. [6]

Some feel that speed dating has some obvious advantages over most other venues for meeting people, such as bars, discotheques , etc. in that everybody is purportedly there to meet someone, they are grouped into compatible age ranges, it is time-efficient, and the structured interaction eliminates the need to introduce oneself. Unlike many bars, a speed dating event will, by necessity, be quiet enough for people to talk comfortably. Speed dating is for singles.


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Secretary for Security John Lee today visited Southern District to inspect community facilities.   Mr Lee first met District Councillors to discuss local affairs including law and order issues.   He then toured the Caritas Community Centre - Aberdeen which serves grassroots families, youngsters, single elders, ethnic minorities and new Mainland arrivals.   Mr Lee concluded his visit by inspecting the centre's Gato House which is subsidised by the Beat Drugs Fund to improve the mental health and life skills of drug abusers and rehabilitees.