I remember the speed dating scene in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in which running into an ex and experiencing a nip slip were just a couple of the things that happened. It made speed dating seem intimidating, goofy, and not a worthwhile way to meet someone. However, it’s a movie, after all, and we’d say that speed dating should definitely be in your dating toolbelt.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 free sites where you can speed date and find speed dating events near you — as well as five online speed dating games where you can hone up on your skills.
Best Free Online Speed Dating Sites (#1-10)
Below are our favorite sites for speed dating online and locating speed dating events in your city or town. All of these are completely free, or offer a variety of free features, and can connect you with your ideal match in no time.
Not only does Match.com have one of the quickest and most thorough signup processes of any dating site (a couple of minutes to answer important questions like “Do you want to have kids?”) — but it also wastes no time in finding you dates as soon as your profile is created.
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When you want to take a break from the online dating scene, Match has your back there as well. The company hosts its own exclusive events to encourage members to meet face to face and see if the chemistry is really there.
LightningSpeedDating.com is a popular singles event organizer and directory. No more than 40 people attend each event (20 men and 20 women), and you’ll get to “share moments in six minutes” with your opposite gender. LGBT singles, don’t worry, though. Lightning Speed Dating just announced events specifically for this community — as well as an upcoming app where you can input your likes and dislikes about your dates in real time and receive compatible matches that same night.
It costs $20 for each event, but you can get out of paying when people buy tickets for others to attend an event.
The first on our list that’s strictly a dating site, SpeedDatingCupid.com brings the thrill of in-person speed dating to the internet. Self-touted as one of the world’s largest speed dating websites in the United States, Speed Dating Cupid sees 85% of new visitors signing up every day and has a success rate of four and a half stars.
It only takes a minute to register, and it’s free to create a profile, browse members by gender, age, and location, create Friend and Hot lists, and send unlimited virtual winks and one initial message.
RoundHop.com boasts that you can “meet 10 singles in one hour without leaving your house,” and if that sounds like something that’s up your alley, consider giving the site a try. After all, it’s free.
Another aspect of RoundHop that we like is every member is verified via Facebook and LinkedIn, so you don’t have to worry about flaky people or potential scammers. The process is simple as well — all you have to do is give someone a thumbs-up if they catch your eye. If they feel the same way, RoundHop will exchange your contact info. “We bring people together via online video speed dating. It works just like regular speed dating at a restaurant. The only difference is that you don’t have to travel to the venue to take part in the speed dating event,” said Aditya, Founder of Roundhop.
Follow three steps and that’s all it takes to get started on SpeedDate.com. First, describe the type of person you’re interested in. Second, start live chatting with them. Last, complete the connection if you feel chemistry. SpeedDate promises you’ll be able to meet 15 singles for each hour you use the site. Oh, and you can put your wallet away because you won’t need it here.
Registering and finding matches on FriendFin is similar to other speed dating websites, but the platform has a few unique features that make it stand out. In addition to being 100% free (no hidden fees will creep up on you later in the process), you can chat using audio and video as well as sync up your Facebook profile to find even more FriendFin.com users. Whether your goal is a new friendship, a casual date, serious relationship, or a lifelong marriage, FriendFin wants to help you meet that goal.
The mission of OnlineAndSpeedDating.com is to connect singles in the U.S., U.K. Canada, and Australia with speed dating events, venues, and providers in their area. Browsing is absolutely free, and the information the site gives you includes the ages and genders of the attendees and how much it’s going to cost, with discounts offered regularly.
HalalSpeedDating.com strives to get singles “married the Halal way fast.” The Halal mindset is that Muslim men and women will search for a husband or wife in a respectable manner and in a traditional way like their grandparents would have.
After you sign up, which is free to do, you’ll fill out your information, the team will review your profile, and then you’ll be sent an invite to a matchmaking event. Up to 100 people attend Halal Speed Dating events (evenly split by gender), and women must bring a chaperone with them who is a family member. Men and women are able to speak one-on-one, but contact information for the two parties will be exchanged via the chaperone and the site.
Pre-Dating.com was launched in 2001 and quickly became one of the most well-known speed dating directories. The company holds monthly events in more than 70 cities across the United States and Canada and is responsible for over 5 million speed dates and counting.
Events are held in an upscale restaurant or bar in your area — and with people in your preferred age range and your preferred interests. You’ll go through a series of six-minute face-to-face pre-dates in one night, and since Pre-Dating has a 70% match rate, the odds of meeting someone special are in your favor. It’s free to find and receive notifications about events, and if you don’t like any of the attendees, your next event is on them.
Mingle2.com is among the top free online dating services, and if speed dating is what you want, this site can give it to you. Mingle2 says it only takes 30 seconds to create an account and meet someone like-minded, and with millions of members, you’ve got a ton of options. Something else worth mentioning is the team monitors the site for inactive or fake profiles, so you can spend more time focusing on matches and less time worrying about your safety.
“I’m now in a wonderful relationship. Thank you, Mingle2! The site is so easy to use, and there are tons of people who want to chat,” said Jeff, a former Mingle2 user from Phoenix, Arizona.
Best Free Online Speed Dating Games (#11-15)
When online and offline dating have got you down (believe us, it can happen to everyone), that’s where online speed dating games come in handy. You can take a break from your frustrations (dates who are late, incompatible, or just plain weird, etc.), have some stress-free fun, and even improve your dating skills.
11. Addicting Games Speed Dating
Addicting Games is an online gaming site with a massive reach — more than 10 million unique visitors a month. The company’s speed dating game is a go-to among fans, as over 9 million of them have played it since it launched in 2008. If you’re good at answering rapid-fire questions, such as “Do you like Kurt Cobain or Mozart?” this might be the game for you.
12. A Game Speed Dating
The goal of AGame.com’s speed dating game is to get as many dates as possible in record time. You’ll use the arrow keys to choose your answer, and you’ll want to get as many right answers as you can before the buzzer sounds.
If you want a quick tutorial before starting the game, which we’d recommend, AGame.com offers a seven-minute video right below the description.
13. GaHe Speed Dating 2
Speed Dating 2 is the next installment in GaHe.com’s speed dating series. To play the game, you’ll enter your name, age, and gender, and then use the keyboard to choose your opening lines and topics of conversation. Speed Dating 2 has an 84% rating among users, so we think you’ll enjoy it, too.
14. DidiGames Disney Princess Speed Dating
DidiGames.com has a virtual speed dating adventure where you get to be a Disney princess trying to find her Prince Charming. Whether you’re Elsa from “Frozen,” Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” or Rapunzel from “Tangled,” you’re sure to have fun.
Here’s how Disney Princess Speed Dating works: If you like the way the prince is answering your questions, then start dating him. If you don’t, move on to the next one.
15. BoardGameGeek Speed Dating
BoardGameGeek’s speed dating game is a little different than the others on this list — as you play with others (three to six people), have a longer time limit (40 minutes), and use cards instead of just your keyboard.
The instructions for the game reads, “Each player has 12 cards in hand: six with female characteristics and six with male characteristics. The main player for the turn selects three cards from his hand and lays them down, describing his character — for example, for a male character: “war weapons collector, spends his holidays in Kazakhstan, likes movies about gladiators.” Then each other player must select three cards from his hand and convince the main player that she (or he) is his best match. The main player then selects the turn’s winner.”
Get Your Speed Dating & Speed Gaming On!
The speed dating scene in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” is meant to poke fun at the activity and entertain viewers, so if you really want to know what it’s like, try out some of the sites and games above today. Speed dating is all about time, right? And you don’t want to waste any of it!
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