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‘Most of the men also couldn’t hold down a conversation for the allotted seven minutes. While it’s superior to picking someone up at a bar, I don’t understand its advantage over online dating.

‘It was the late ’00s and vampires were big business back then, but still. ‘I immediately packed up to leave, pausing only to text my friends a drunk, brief message that said: “Got bit.

Going home.” ‘This was my first and last foray into speed dating.’ ‘I’ve only been speed dating once but it was enough to cement my hatred for it. It was based around food, everyone sat in groups of six and had ten minutes to chat per course.

’ ‘Ten years ago, I went to my first, and only, speed dating event.

‘This is back when the concept was fairly new and a bit of a novelty.

‘After a few rounds, the host gently suggested that the mother leave the room, but by then the damage was already done.

‘It was incredibly weird, and I don’t think the poor girl got any matches.

‘At the start, there was an unexpected ice-breaker round.

The host shouted out statements and if they applied to you, you had to step forward.

‘This sounds pathetic, but I’ve never had a single match.

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