Mention the words “speed” and “dating” together in a sentence during casual conversation and you’re likely to experience a wide array of reactions, ranging from outright disdain to genuine interest, or even a sudden burst of laughter. The reality is though, that most people haven’t a real clue about speed dating or its biggest benefits. Yes, we’ve all seen the various movie scenes and television commercials countless times, and while those most often paint a less than favorable, if not humorous, picture of the speed dating experience, none of it has anything at all to do with reality. Here some reasons why speed dating is a great option for singles who want to find love. What you see is what you get. One of the most common complaints that single adults have about the perils of online dating is that quite often, the person who shows up for the appointed meet with them doesn’t look anything like their profile photo, or that the physical attributes they listed in their description (i.e., height, body type) don’t live up to the reality of the person standing before them. Speed Dating eliminates this problem altogether since what you see is actually what you get. You’re guaranteed to meet someone. Another advantage afforded is that speed dating is smart, fun, cost effective (with regard to both time and money), and has a significant benefit over the other tried and true forms of meeting someone in that it comes with a built in guarantee. Yes, that’s right, an actual, bonafide guarantee. Not only are you certain to meet someone and get in some actual face time with them, but you also get to repeat the experience several times in one evening! You’ll get face time. How many times have you spotted someone across the room at a club or dinner party and, before you could make you way over to them, someone stopped and distracted you, or another person got to them first? This won’t happen at speed dating; in fact, you’ll more or less have a captive audience for several minutes so be sure to make that time count! It’s pretty painless. Aside from being efficient, speed dating is also relatively painless. It provides a safe, no-strings way to meet someone, and because no contact information is exchanged between daters, there’s no need to feel awkward, uncomfortable or remorseful afterward. It’s basically casual dating at its best. You’ll meet people who want to date. For about the cost of one month’s subscription (or maybe less) to an online dating site, (where again, there are no guarantees you’ll ever actually meet up with someone) speed dating gives you the chance to interact with a real live person who genuinely wants to go out on a date. Because the mini-date sessions are short and sweet, you get in just enough time to see if something clicks and determine if you would like the opportunity to chat with the person further. You don’t have to deal with rejection. At the end of the night, each person marks their decision on their match sheet and turns it in to the event coordinator. If there’s a mutual match, the next day an email will be sent out notifying the participants that the person they were interested in picked them. No hassle, no fuss, no embarrassment – again, relatively pain-free. So, why not maximize your Fantasy Dating game and give speed dating a try? You never know, you might win the ultimate prize of love! Chanell Gautreaux is a freelance writer and artist living in New Orleans, Louisiana. After having reinvented herself several times, she most recently signed on as an Event Coordinator with Pre-Dating Speed Dating. As often as life allows, she blogs about her interests, which include wine, culture, and crafting.