We’re unable to charm face to face and anxiety inhibits us as we over think, fear offending or show too much interest,” he explained.
If they both match, their contact details are shared with one another, so the event is almost like a mix of old-fashioned and digital dating.
But for another speed dating event, one of many on February 14, the focus is solely on the “human connection” and some come out with friends as well as dates.
Without searching particularly hard, I find 12 speed dating events - including an attempt to break a world record - ahead of Valentine's Day.
Denise Robinson, who is organising the world record attempt at Dublin's CHQ building, has sold 800 tickets already.
Every need is catered for at the swipe of a finger, but how often do these digital match-ups turn into the real deal?
There is something of a rebellion brewing among singletons, who are now opting for face-to-face dating opportunities and of all things making a comeback, speed dating is emerging as the frontrunner.
Any person who has been single in the last 10 years will tell you that: a combination of internet only dating, niche apps and the increasingly rare experience of in-person communication are some of the many reasons for these complications in the millennial age.
Fewer people are meeting the loves of their lives (or otherwise) in clubs and pubs anymore.
The ‘Positive Nights’ speed dating event incorporates both mindfulness and romance, according to organiser Paul Congdon.
“When you come into the event, rather than going in with judgements like whether you fancy them or like how they look, we encourage people to stay in the moment, to connect with them and have a chat,” he told
Irish people just don’t have the confidence – or the eagerness – to introduce themselves in person, when they could hide behind a screen and save themselves from potential rejection.