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Speed dating options don’t help chance of finding love, says study

New research says that the more potential suitors a person has, the less likely they are to actually go on a date.

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SPEED DATING MIGHT not be so good for lonely hearts after all, according to British researchers.

The researchers studied speed dating to see if having more potential dates gave people a higher chance of meeting a partner.

Apparently not.

The more choices people had for dates, the more likely they were to end up on their own, according to the research published yesterday in the journal Biology Letters.

Almost 4,000 men and women at 84 speed dating events in the UK participated in the study. At each event, people had just three minutes to speak to each potential suitor before moving on to the next interview.

The researchers said people were more likely to find a date if their prospective parters had similar traits, rather than if they were offered a variety of people with different interests and physical traits.

Alison Lenon of the University of Edinburgh, who headed the study, said too much choice could be overwhelming for people.

- AP

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