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Love Bites: TODAY.com and Match.com Survey Reveals Singles' Attitudes On Dining And Dating
When Asked to Choose, Nearly 40% of Single Women Prefer Their Favorite Food Over Sex
“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. We are also built to want an adventurous eater, a sign that this individual will be flexible – a vital trait for loving and parenting. And of all the foods we share, there is nothing more primordial than meat. It’s no surprise that meat-eaters still want a partner who will give, receive and share this primordial symbol of a budding partnership."
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% of women said it was a big turn-off if their date had more to drink than they did, while 23% of single men and women said it was a turn-off if their date had nothing at all to drink.
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% of meat-eaters would not date a vegetarian versus only 4% of vegetarians who stated they would not date a meat-eater.
Dinner Date Still a “Do”: More than 90% of single males still think a traditional dinner date is the perfect atmosphere for a first or second date.
Savories over Sex?: If forced to choose, 39% of single women would rather give up sex than their favorite food for a year, while only 16% of single men would give up sex for their most favored meal.
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%) between the ages of 25-70, participated in the survey.
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