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I had the opportunity to catch up with the pioneer of speed dating in Istanbul and her First Sight Date organization, which is now making romantic and friend connections all over the country.
First Sight Date is a speed dating organization based in Istanbul organized by Yasemen Aydın, a self-described "entrepreneur, technology geek and dog lover," who lived in the States for a good decade.
I wondered if they would be anything like American men, the only type I knew, or if the culture would alter their personality completely.
I had heard stories of getting lots of extra attention from men if you were naturally blonde or red-headed, but that seemed normal since those are very distinct foreign looks.
But as you know speed dating is very casual in the States, so many people find it quite fun and super easy to meet new people, not only for dating purposes but also for friendships," she says.
Started in the spring of last year, First Sight Date has already made 5,842 matches 42 couples and a couple to wed.
We no longer needed the approval of our dads and the days of being chaperoned while on a date were firmly rooted in the history books.