Survey Shows Single Parents Need Time to Find Love; Speed Dating Leader 8minuteDating.com Releases Results of Single Parent Dating Survey

BOSTON--()--June 12, 2003--8minuteDating.com, the world leader in speed dating, surveyed more than one thousand single parents to better understand the needs and issues of today's single parents' dating experiences. The most prominent results of the survey showed that more than half of the single parents surveyed lack the time needed to find a match, and when they do have time to meet other singles, more than 60 percent noted the difficulty of finding other like-minded single parents to go out with. When single parents do have the time and an eligible person to go out with, more than 56 percent are interested in finding a life partner whereas only five percent indicated an interest in strictly romance.

Other notable results of the 8minuteDating.com single parents survey included:

-- 38 percent report that singles without children do not want to date a single parent.

-- 56 percent of single parents would not introduce their child until after at least the fifth date.

"The challenges of dating are amplified for single parents as they add children and babysitting to their list of responsibilities. They don't have the energy or time to waste on the bar-scene or meeting people who run screaming when a child is mentioned. Single parents do want to meet people who understand their time constraints and who can commit to a relationship with children involved. 8minuteDating.com is a perfect solution for single parents because it's a time-efficient and guaranteed way for them to meet someone with similar interests," said Tom Jaffee, CEO and founder, 8minuteDating.com.

8minuteDating.com, which organizes speed dating events in more than 70 cities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, allows single parents the ability to maximize quality dating time by offering eight dates in one night, and brings single parents together with other singles who are interested in longer term relationships. Also, through 8minuteDating.com's unique method of meeting other singles in person first and then expressing interest via an online match, 8minuteDating.com enables participants to comfortably establish chemistry before agreeing to a second date, which is important for single parents who find time to be an issue.

8minuteDating.com has organized numerous events with single parents in cities across the U.S. These events have drawn great interest as single parents look to maximize time spent on a date and realize the advantages that speed dating offers. "As a single parent I rarely find time for myself, much less time for dating. I attended an 8minuteDating.com event and was able to meet women that understood my position and didn't have a panic attack when I mentioned my children," said Ed Neese, 8minuteDating.com customer. "Speed dating with 8minuteDating is the way to go if you are serious about meeting someone and seriously short on time."

The survey results are based on more than 1,100 single parent respondents. For complete survey results, which include a breakdown of answers by male and female parents, please go to http://8minutedating.com/SingleParentSurvey/data.html or contact Terry Frechette at 978-433-9660.

About 8minuteDating.com

Appealing to singles of diverse ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations, 8minuteDating.com provides a fast, fun, safe and comfortable way to meet people for dating, friendship or business. Participants have eight one-on-one dates that last eight minutes each, and they are encouraged to meet anyone else at the party who catches their eye during intermission and after the eighth date. Following the party, participants log in to www.8minuteDating.com to enter the names of the people they want to meet again, either for dating, friendship or business. The automated 8minuteDating.com matching system instantly provides contact information to those with a mutual interest so they can arrange a second date.

8minuteDating.com, part of Match Events Inc., is the world leader in speed dating. Match Events, Inc. was founded in 2001 by Tom Jaffee, a successful high tech entrepreneur. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, and can be reached online at www.8minuteDating.com.

Contacts

PerkettPR, Inc.
Terry Frechette, 978/433-9660
terry@perkettpr.com
or
8minuteDating.com
Ellen Dumouchel, 617/859-8866, ext. 202
ellen@8minutedating.com

Contacts

PerkettPR, Inc.
Terry Frechette, 978/433-9660
terry@perkettpr.com
or
8minuteDating.com
Ellen Dumouchel, 617/859-8866, ext. 202
ellen@8minutedating.com