Written by Miranda Champoux. 

There are many methods for meeting people to date, and one of the fastest ways should be speed dating. What do the students of BYU-Idaho think about it?

“I think that it’s a great way to meet new people in a non-serious situation,” said Austin Russell, a junior majoring in theater studies.

Jenna Jay, a junior majoring in theater studies, said the advantages of speed dating are to meet people in a sanctioned and organized way. She said it is a safe way to get to know people and that people can build connections in a new area through speed dating.

“The disadvantage is that it is really fast,” said Natalie Weight, a junior studying elementary education. “You don’t have a whole lot of time to get to know that person usually. Unless a guy, or you, is really confident, you don’t exchange numbers either.”

Jay said she personally would not go to a speed dating event on campus because she would rather date a friend than a stranger.

“I think the informality of it all makes it hard for anyone to develop any real connection or relationship, based on a 30-second to one-minute time frame,” Russell said.

Weight said she would love to attend speed dating and meet new people.

“Just be yourself and don’t feel like you have to jump into any sort of a relationship,” Jay said. “It is fine to go once and not like anyone. Maybe next time that you go, you’ll find someone you really like.”

Russell said to have a good experience in speed dating, it is important to keep it as casual and fun as possible, but that it is near impossible to do so when you bring speed and dating together.

“Don’t be shy,” Weight said. “Be prepared to answer questions about what you like to do for fun and what you are looking for in a relationship. Those questions are common.”

Weight said students should have fun and go ahead and try to make something happen with the people they meet at speed dating.

“Don’t be afraid to ask someone on a date,” she said. “You will never know if you don’t ask.”