Gay speed dating in dublin

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The ‘Positive Nights’ speed dating event incorporates both mindfulness and romance, according to organiser Paul Congdon.“When you come into the event, rather than going in with judgements like whether you fancy them or like how they look, we encourage people to stay in the moment, to connect with them and have a chat,” he told The event takes place in Bewley's Cafe and won't be serving alcohol, instead encouraging participants to give flowers and chocolates for old-fashioned romance.Paul said he believes that digital dating, and digital life in general, has taken over many people's lives and that speed dating events like Positive Nights allow others to meet “like-minded people” - and they have a good success rate too, with many people going on dates after the event and a few relationships occurring as a result of the encounters. Someone asked what the age group was but there is none, we just tell people to come in and chat.We’re unable to charm face to face and anxiety inhibits us as we over think, fear offending or show too much interest,” he explained.

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“The problem with online dating is the low percent of people connecting online, the vast majority don’t connect.

Each participating will have 20 people to work through and will be given three minutes with each. My friend, she was chatting to this guy for weeks on Tinder, and when she met him, he looked nothing like his pictures.

Robinson is single herself and was inspired to widen the net on the search for love after she came out of a five year relationship and realised how much the dating pool had changed during that time. You go into a bar nowadays and nobody chats you up, they just go on Tinder. “When I split up with my partner, I never thought it would be so hard to meet the right person, and I think this is where people are struggling.” So, what is the appeal of cramming in three minutes' worth of your life to multiple strangers? It’s all that time and energy wasted, and I think a lot of people have been there too.” With the CHQ event, participants download a special app that allows them to scan their dates QR codes on their phone and then after the date, they can swipe left or right if the person tickled their fancy.

If they both match, their contact details are shared with one another, so the event is almost like a mix of old-fashioned and digital dating.

But for another speed dating event, one of many on February 14, the focus is solely on the “human connection” and some come out with friends as well as dates.

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