Poll | Speed Dating at Butler

Posted on 30. Jan, 2015 by in Just for Fun, Poll/Quiz/Etc.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and students have started pairing off, but do you have someone to spend this Hallmark holiday with? Interestingly, some Universities have held campus speed dating events to help students meet, interact, and possibly find someone with whom they could develop a future relationship. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it’s a good way to get students to socialize with people outside of the bounds of their routine friends, major, and class. But how would this look on Butler’s campus? What organization would even host this sort of event? What do you think? Is this a way to help Bulldog’s meet new people? Let’s put it to a vote! But before you do, check out the pros and cons that our team came up with.

Pros: 

  • Great for people who are crunched for time. With demands from school, clubs, and work, sometimes it is difficult to step outside your daily routine and meet new people.
  • Prevents awkward blind dates. Speed dating is low risk, because you may only spend a few minutes talking to any given individual. If you don’t connect, then it ends quickly and it’s on to the next person.
  • You get face to face interaction that dating sites/ apps cannot provide. When you are talking to someone in the flesh, it is easier to tell if you have chemistry or not. Statistically, nonverbal communication is about 93% of a conversation. You can’t get that by texting or typing on a computer.
  • You meet people who will give you their undivided attention for the time allotted. Other people who are there are going to want to meet new people as well. You can gather their essence, who they are, and whether you can hold a conversation or not.
  • You may meet someone that you really like. You may immediately hit it off with someone, have similar interests, values, and want to continue the connection you started.

Cons:

  • The interaction is shallow. You only have a few minutes to talk to each person which really only gives you a decent first impression. You might be turned off right away and not want to pursue getting to know them.
  • Butler’s campus is small and you might already know most people at the speed dating event. It could be a complete waste of time for you, and you could have stayed home watching Netflix.
  • Online/app dating is easier and you don’t even have to leave your house. You can enable different filters to find people with similar interests and let the computer do the work for you. Why risk an awkward conversation with someone?
  • You have to risk rejection. You may really like someone but alas, they do not like you back. Speed dating is not for the thin-skinned person and your inner critic will rip you apart if nobody picks you.
  • You have to answer the same generic questions over and over and over. What’s your major? What grade are you? What organizations are you involved with? This may not be the way to learn someone’s inner character.

Time to vote!

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Article by Cole Smith

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About Cole

COLE SMITH is currently in his fifth year as a pharmacy major/ business minor. A quote from the Understatement Society notes Cole as, “A cool guy.” Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Cole is an outstanding leader, and an even better person.” Besides living up to both of those quotes, Cole is president of the Butler cycling team, Honors Program member, Dawg Dish Photographer, student government representative, and part of the DAWG Pound cheer block #GoDawgs. He is also a huge Twitter advocate #TweetAtMe. During his free time he loves meeting new people, stargazing, being a tourist, and looking at pictures of cute puppies #Uncanny. Cole credits his Butler experience for having a huge impact on his character and leadership development, and he makes every effort to display Butler in a positive light through photography. President James Danko and VP for Student Affairs Levester Johnson both stated that they would cry at Cole’s graduation, but they know that he will go on to do great things.

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