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How BriefDating Works

What is "BriefDating"?

BriefDating is an exciting, quick, safe, and non-pressured way to meet quality singles. In one evening, you'll meet from 7 to 20 people, in two 1-hour rounds of 7 minute "dates." There will also be two open mingling times to meet even more people.

What are the advantages of BriefDating?

  • BriefDating includes 7 to 14 dates -- without the need for uncomfortable ice-breaking.
  • Get a sense that you "click" in a few minutes
  • Avoid uncomfortable 3-hour blind dates.
  • There is over a 50% match rate leading to dates!

How does BriefDating work?

  1. Men and women come together at a designated location and are split into two age groups. Only a limited number of people can be accepted for each event, so be sure to register early!

  2. There will be two 1-hour rounds of "brief dates," which last 5-7 minutes each.

  3. At the appointed time, one man and one woman are paired up. To help make this a low pressure, fun event, you're not allowed to ask anyone for a date or for his or her contact information, such as phone number or e-mail address. Participants are also given a list of questions to get you started.

  4. At the end of each round of dating, a staff member rings a bell and all dates come to a halt. Participants are asked to write on a dating card if they would be interested in seeing this person again. This entails simply checking a 'yes' or 'no' box. The men then get up from their seats and move to the next table, where another woman is waiting to meet them.

  5. After 2 1-hour rounds of BriefDating, each participant will have met from 7 to 14 people. There will also be two open mingling times (at the beginning and middle) for further encounters.

  6. At the end of the event all of the dating cards are turned in. If both sides checked the 'yes' box, then there's a match! Organizers let participants know within 48 hours which matches have been made, and give each match the other's contact information, either a phone number, email address or both (by personal preference). Then, let the dating begin!

Can someone participate in BriefDating more than once?

Yes, we encourage it -- if you don't meet that special someone the first time around. There are approximately 75% new faces to each event. In addition, you may meet only a fraction of the participants in any one event.

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It is free to become a BriefDating member. Membership allows you to sign up for events. You can also optionally be on our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events and activities. Your membership information is private. It cannot be seen by anyone. Join now.

Where can I read more about this type of event?

Here are a couple of articles that have been written about "Speed Dating" types of events:

Want better relationships?

The founder of BriefDating for Western Massachusetts, Stefan Gonick, is a psychotherapist and runs an on-going, weekly therapy group called "The Art of Relationship". This is a place where you can learn how to have better and more successful relationships in your life. Read more about it here.

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