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Laurence, France I really think that speed dating is the worst thing in the human relation ship. How could you meet the big love in 3 minutes except if you only need a physical love affair. Otherwise it is part of our human culture to share feelings as poetic overviews,nice music, beautiful landscapes , great cook Sophie, France Speed dating is a sad new phenomenon of modern societies in which people do not even have time to get to know each other. If I had had only 3 minutes when I met my husband, I would never have married him!
After all, why should couples get all the fun? Data from national statistics agency Istat shows the proportion of the Italian population without a partner has doubled over the past 20 years, now accounting for 13 percent of Italians or eight million people. While it started out as something of a joke, the annual celebration of single life has become increasingly popular, with events marking the occasion in many of Italy's big cities - ranging from sociable dinners for the happily single to speed-dating events for those looking for love. These days, almost two thirds of single Italians celebrate the Festa dei Single, according to a survey from consumer federation Federcoopesca-Confcooperative published in
Timekeeping works differently in Italy and arriving 10 minutes after the agreed time really is no big deal. In fact, as everybody habitually runs 10 minutes late it means that no one is really late at all. Ditch the comfy hoodie and those trainers that have seen better days — looking good and putting your best self forward is the way to impress. Aperitivo, the concept of pre-dinner drinks and nibbles, is a great choice for a first date. Italians are famous commitment-phobes so making the switch from friend to fidanzato or fidanzata for women signifies a certain maturity in a relationship.