According to TVNZ (Television New Zealand, natch), a Kiwi company (Pop Media) is making the natural connection of adding Skype to a speed dating event. While I was thinking that it would be a good idea for Skype to sponsor such an event; Skyecandy has gone the full Whale Rider and actually fused the two things.
Skyecandy sets up system to leverage Skype's awesome ability to connect by adding an interface that allows users to enter romantic likes / dislikes and relevant information about themselves. Then the software arranges video dates based on a user's profile… voila Skype speed dating.
While Skype's popularity and utility for enhancing relationships is on the rise, they just need to figure out a sustaining revenue model. But is speed dating still something people are into? Sure people do it, but like 20 million people bought the Spice Girls debut album and do you actually know any of them? I can imagine that some things take a little longer to work there way Down Under (and the reverse is true, you can't get decent vegemite in the USA), but is speed dating still cool? Was it ever cool? Is the word "cool" still cool?
Don't get me wrong, per Malcolm Gladwell-ian logic, speed dating works because most people make up their minds regarding romantic interest within 30 seconds of meeting someone, so keeping the encounters brief is efficiency in motion. And when you factor in that, scientifically speaking, most people lie to themselves, to some degree, about what they're looking for, it really makes "finding someone" a numbers game.
While the interweb is a fantastic way to juke up the universe for any numbers game, it does remove an important factor that proximity really illuminates. That factor is stank. Part of the reason speed dating is successful is the olfactory bulb. The sense of smell (pheromones, et al) plays an important part selection of mates. This is especially the case for women. Sure, heavy fragrance and the complete removal of body hair may mask that smell, but we're still animals.
So, when Skype comes up with a component for transmitting smell (and a 100% reliable representations of just who we're looking at), it will be a perfect tool for speed dating. Until then, we'll have to just rely on personality and the benefit of the doubt. View: Discover The Psychology Of Attraction
Any good speed dating stories or Skype anecdotes out there?