Consistent with parental investment theory, women, on average, tended to state an interest in long-term mating more so than men did.
Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short "dates" usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event.
At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date.
SKI Magazine editor Kim Beekman went to a speed dating event at Loveland Ski Resort in Colorado last weekend and it looked like quite the time.
Event-goers were matched with others in similar age groups and told to ride the lift and... If one person wasn't into it, they could peace out and go find another match (or just go skiing).
(Kim, you are my spirit animal.) The lack of snow in France this time of year would probably deter most people from trying to ski there.