Last night I had the pleasure of attending a speed dating event at The Samsung KX In Coal Drops Yard. Arriving early, I was extremely nervous but put at ease by the friendly staff who are organising the event.
Before I got into my experience, let me tell you about the event itself.
A new study commissioned by Samsung KX, has revealed that 40% of Brits restrict themselves to only dating their ‘type on paper’. Yet despite the nation claiming to know what they want, over half (58%) wait up to a month to physically meet their match and 42% admit to these dates lacking a spark.
Even though we reach for the tick list, a third of Brits (33%) deem chemistry as the most important factor when it comes to romantic encounters, with over half the nation (54%) taking less than half an hour to feel it.
As a result, Samsung KX and happn have teamed up to offer those looking for love the ultimate micro-dating destination, enabling guests to physically track connections with no expense spared. Guests get the chance to have 3 ten minute micro-dates in one evening, except there’s a twist… All guests will test who really gets their hearts racing by wearing a Samsung Galaxy Watch to monitor their heartrate through each date.
The experience includes two complimentary drinks and virtual ice breakers on Samsung mobile devices for guests to enjoy.
The evening I went to the third Event in the series of five and by now they have the setup down to an art. You get matched up and shown to your seat, put your watch on to start testing your heart rate and at the end of the date. The inclusion of Samsung devices was a fun little touch as my round included a game where you choose five emojis that describe you and then you talk about them. This allowed the conversation to start flowing. My heart rate was steadily high the entire date as I was incredibly anxious but unfortunately I didn’t feel any spark.
There’s two micro dating events left so go on and book your tickets now.
If you can’t make these, why not try the Top micro-dating tips from happn:
Tip 1 – Don’t wait too long before going on the first date:
Smartphone apps are great for getting things started but chemistry is the ultimate test, and the sooner you can determine whether those online sparks translate into real-life chemistry, the better. No one wants to come across too keen by suggesting a date as the opener, but once you have established common interests and you think they may take your fancy, take the plunge and suggest a date. We recommend waiting no longer than 1 or 2 weeks before the first micro-date so initial digital sparks don’t fade.
Tip 2 – Use the power of tech:
Using wearable tech such as a Samsung Galaxy Watch is a fun and easy way of keeping an eye on who gives you butterflies and sends your heart racing during romantic encounters.
Tip 3 – Pick a safe yet inspiring space:
First dates are exciting but it’s important to be safe when meeting someone new for the first time. Pick a safe, public space and be sure to let your friends know where you’re going and when you expect to be home. If you are picking the location for your date, plan ahead and choose a location that’s fun and inspires conversation to make an impact in micro-minutes.
Tip 4 – Don’t be afraid to date out of your comfort zone:
If past relationships have not worked out – maybe this is because you always go for who you feel is your ‘perfect type’. Leave your prejudices behind and dare to meet someone different. Pay attention to the chemistry and remember, they say opposites attract for a reason!
Tip 5 – Be respectful if your date is not for you:
Don’t be rude or ghost someone if you are not interested after a date, just because you are talking via technology. It doesn’t cost you anything to say goodbye, to offer a polite message letting someone know you are not interested without leaving them hanging.
To find out more about the #SamsungKX Micro-Dating series or book a space at one of the events, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/uk/kx
Written by Tegan LeBon