Since February 2017, 3 couples have married after meeting at her speed dating events and including her work in the US, she has seen over 30 marriages and 17 engagements. Although she says speed dating has been hard to catch on in Istanbul, she has seen it progress a lot in a short time.
Once people here experience how good it feels to socialize and connect with new people, they understand that speed dating is a “social experience” and is very different from sitting on your couch swiping Tinder.
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An introvert by nature, all of the talking has left me exhausted, yet socially stimulated and happy.
Istanbul was started by Yasemen Aydin, a native to Istanbul who while living in the US, discovered the concept of speed dating.
However, Yasemen prides herself on “hand-picking” participants.
Every person selected must meet her strict criteria and usually comes referenced from a former dater.
In their 'İlk Tanışma' events, 15 men and 15 women of similar age groups are sat across from each other in four-minute intervals after which they rotate seats to meet all of the members of the opposite sex in the group.
But what is most significant about First Sight Date is that they meticulously pick out potential matches and all of their participants speak English, making this the perfect adventure for any an expat."I went to many speed dating events to meet with locals and have a fun night.Back then there was no tinder and happen apps, only okcupid.Just think how many hours it would take you to meet 20 pre-screened candidates personally in Istanbul, how many metro rides and traffic-jammed busses you would avoid, how much you would save on wine, dinners and coffee! Expatica is the international community’s online home away from home.We start up again and 40 minutes later, it is finished.