Today.com teams up with Match.com to connect the dots between eating, drinking and connecting during those first few impressionable dates.
Today.com along with Match.com have teamed up on a “Love Bites” survey that reveals turn-ons and turn-offs of dining etiquette and food choices that will keep dates coming back for seconds — or not.
The two dot.coms say their findings just might help singles get closer to love by pointing out revealing facts they may want to avoid or incorporate into their dating life. From carnivores’ pickiness to wait staff flirting, the “Love Bites” survey, they say, cooks up the national recipe for dating success.
“Food is an integral part of our culture, and so many of us fall in love over a good meal,” said Vidya Rao, Today.com food editor. “We attach our memories and emotions to what we eat, and as a result, learn a lot about someone by observing their attitude about food. It’s a basic human need, and we use that to judge how a date might be in a relationship. Is he adventurous? Is she respectful? It’s a lot deeper than what’s on the plate.”
“Food, sex and courtship go hand in hand in nature,” says Dr. Helen Fisher, Chief Scientific Advisor to Match.com. “Food also informs: what and how a partner eats — and if they share — says crucial things about their habits, health and empathy.”
Below are highlights from the “Love Bites” survey grouped by category and in response order:
Drinking Dos and Don’ts
You booze, you lose – Nearly 70 percent of women said it was a big turn-off if their date had more to drink than they did, while 23 percent of single men and women said it was a turn-off if their date had nothing at all to drink.
Alcohol etiquette – When it comes to drinking alcohol on a date, 43percent of singles said they order a drink “most of the time” while 40 percent said they would only order a drink if their date ordered one as well.
Types of Foodies – Or Lack Thereof
Close-minded carnivores – Meat-eaters appear to be less liberal than vegetarians with regards to choosing a dating partner. The study found 30 percent of meat-eaters would not date a vegetarian versus only 4 percent of vegetarians who stated they would not date a meat-eater.
Culinary degree necessary? – 19 percent of singles said they would stop dating someone who couldn’t cook or refused to cook.
Fearless foodies – Adventurous eaters trump knowledgeable foodies with 66 percent of singles surveyed being turned off if a date lacks desire to try certain types of food and 35 percent of singles turned off by a date’s lack of food knowledge.
Dinner Date Still a “Do” – More than 90 percent of single males still think a traditional dinner date is the perfect atmosphere for a first or second date.
Dining Don’ts – Uncovering the biggest turn-offs in dating, 67 percent of singles don’t want their date ordering for them; 62 percent are turned off if their date asks to split the check; and 56 percent are turned off by a date who is picky when ordering.
Appetizing Acts – In looking at what turns singles on, 70 percent appreciate a date that is knowledgeable about food and wine pairings, and 56 percent said they enjoy it when their date offers a bite of his/her food.
Wait staff flirting – 87 percent of singles said it was a turn-off if their date flirted with the wait staff versus a mere 4 percent who said it was a turn-on.
Savories over Sex? – If forced to choose, 39 percent of single women would rather give up sex than their favorite food for a year, while only 16 percent of single men would give up sex for their most favored meal.
Chocolate takes the cake – Of those who answered they’d rather give up sex than their favorite food, 26 percent said chocolate was the number one food to trump sex, followed by 25 percent who would rather choose a juicy steak.
Methodology: The survey was hosted at Today.com and Match.com for one week from April 19-April 26, 2012. A total of 4,000 singles, with the majority (92 percent) between the ages of 25-70, participated in the survey.