Please note that 8 Minute Dating has been discontinued and is no longer available. You can read our old review of 8 Minute Dating below, or check out the rest of the Speed Dating Websites we've reviewed.
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It can be hard to meet someone special, especially if you’re short on time or are a little shy. That’s why 8 Minute Dating hopes to introduce you to at least 8 new people, each of whom you get to know during a short one-on-one date.
If you like what you hear, you simply let the organizers know, and if that person likes you back then you can take things to the next stage. The site has had a lot of success in matching couples, with engagements and weddings coming to fruition.
There are also a variety of events, from simple dates to meals and bigger gatherings, so you can decide on the kind of event you’d prefer. Events listings are well organized, allowing you to search for events based on your location. From there you can check out what each event has to offer, including the age range of people who are likely to attend, and the venue itself.
Since 8MinuteDating hires hosts, you’re likely attend an event which is hosted by a local enthusiast who knows the area. This means that you probably won’t end up in a run of the mill, chain bar, rather you’ll get an opportunity to explore some new places with new people.
The website also has a few handy links so that you can easily invite friends to join you, or you can purchase gift vouchers for anyone whom you feel would benefit from going on a speed date.
As we’ve mentioned, 8 Minute Dating has a high success rate, so much so in fact that it guarantees that you can attend your next event for free if there was nobody you were interested in.
More than 90% of attendees find someone they like at an event, so your odds are pretty good. Of course, a lot of this might depend on your personal preferences, but it will also depend on where you live and the kind of event you go to, so it’s worth checking the event listings and choosing something which suits you.
The site lacks features which helps you to communicate with members. Partly this might be a safely precaution, but it would be nice to be able to chat with the people you’ve met. If you do, however, tick someone’s (literal and figurative) box during an event, and they reciprocate, you will be told that you’re a match and can take things from there.
It would, thereafter, be a good idea to communicate with those members and arrange to meet at a future event, or just set a date in your diaries to go on a more traditional date.
Beyond adding a few communication tools, we feel the site would benefit from a gallery of some kind, showing you what events look like and who attends them. Some websites in this category upload videos of their events, which are a great way to get an idea of what’s on offer.
Events cost different amounts to attend, but tend to be somewhere between $30 and $40. This is about average, although there don’t appear to be any multi-buy offers or discount periods.
However, you can earn free tickets to events by encouraging friends to go along with you, which is certainly a good idea if you’ve got a few friends you’d like to go with.
Everything considered, 8MinuteDating.com offers a pretty comprehensive service. There are plenty of events to choose from, and whilst the site is a little lacking in features, it seems to be very successful in its core aims: matching single people who are looking for friendship, romance or more!
Please note that 8 Minute Dating has now been discontinued.