The truth about food and dating

Thursday, July 5, 2012

What you will or won't eat and how you behave in a restaurant has a huge impact on the chances of a second date, a new survey has shown. The survey conducted by Today.com and Match.com in the US show, among other things, 30 percent of meat eaters wouldn't date a vegetarian, while only 4 percent of vegetarians wouldn't date a meat eater.

The survey asked 4000 participants aged between 25 and 70 what they did and didn't like in a potential partner when it comes to food and drink.

What not to do

Sixty-seven percent of singles said they don't want a date ordering for them and 87 percent said they would be turned off if their date flirted with the waiter. Seventy percent of women said they wouldn't be impressed if their date drank more than they did, while 23 percent of single guys said they would be turned off if a woman didn't drink on a date.

What to do

Don't be too picky when ordering food; that's likely to turn more than half of potential suitors off. Be adventurous with food as 66 percent of singles would be turned off if their date wasn't prepared to try different types of food. And brush up on your food and wine knowledge as more than two thirds of people said they would like it if their date was informed about food and wine pairings and more than half said they liked it when a date offered a bite of their food.

It seems 90 percent of single men still think the tried and tested dinner date is a perfectly good first or second date option, and more than half of single people said they would be mildly offended if their date asked them to split the cheque.

In a surprising statistic, 39 percent of women said they would prefer to give up sex than their favourite food for a year, while only 16 percent of men said they would prefer their favourite dish instead of sex.

The first preference of those who would remain celibate for their favourite food was chocolate at 26 percent followed by steak at 25 percent.

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