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In one event, there was hardly any space between the tables.
I could hear every awkward conversation, and not just my own.
They also found an age effect: the older the women, the less choosy she was and the older the man, the more choosy he was.
They were followed-up by the researchers six weeks and 12 months after the speed-dating session.
The popularity of the speed-dater was also positively related to the choosiness of that speed-dater, although the correlation was only significant among men (perhaps due to the fact that women on average were choosier than men).
As the researchers note, this finding is consistent with the idea that highly popular people are thought to be more careful in their choices while unpopular people are thought to be more indiscriminative (see Penke et al., 2007).
The chances of a women mating increased if their partner had a short-term mating orientation, and the chances of a man mating increased if their partner had a long-term mating orientation.
This finding was confirmed both after 6 weeks and 1 year after the speed-dating event. They figure that the chances of finding a sexual romantic partner will be lower than speed-dating if one visits a café for 2 hours actively in search of a partner and higher if one visits a dive bar with a certain reputation.