Brief Encounters

PHILIP HOLLIS for TIME

MEET MARKET: Speed daters scan the photo wall for the perfect match

Tired of poor returns from traditional methods of luring the opposite sex, singletons in Britain are turning to a quick-fix solution: speed dating. Lining up at tables in bars and clubs across the country, single men and women come on to one another for precisely three minutes before a bell sends them shuffling over to the next table. Salsa dancing and games (tarot cards, anyone?) are also on offer. Daters mark their card if they find someone interesting, and if the attraction is mutual the pair can swap e-mails later. For those who don't connect, three minutes is (relatively) painless. Over...

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