“There’s kind of an opening to experience that tends to be higher among the [LGBT] community,” she says.

“People will do whatever they can do to meet more people, and speed dating is certainly a great way to meet more people.” In a little more than an hour, I had gone on 10 dates with ladies of every stripe: students, financial professionals, a nurse, a massage therapist, a firefighter and even a soul healer.

Speed dating has been kicking around as a cultural phenomenon since the late 1990s.

Dating sites, apps, introductions by friends and, yes, even the club scene — I’ve tried them all with varying degrees of success.

I like to think I’m pretty open to different dating experiences, and now I’ve put that claim to the test by trying my luck at speed dating.

With speed dating, you either sit or rotate — I got off easy.

“There is research that suggests you’re better off being a receiver – having people come to you and approach you,” says Samantha Joel, a Ph D candidate in the psychology department at the University of Toronto.

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But Joel was right — I did get to be choosier, and sometimes those seven minutes were all I needed to make up my mind. Scarier yet is that someone will judge you in that same time frame.

I used the provided match card to say yes to four women. Thankfully, that’s exactly what Single and Eligible reported in an email the next day, along with my matches’ contact information. “I understand that with the blind-dating format you may not romantically click with the singles you meet,” Magalas says.

Several of the women mingled before it all even started.