DO YOU SHARE FOOD WITH YOUR DATE? WOULD YOU DATE SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T?
According to the results of a new dating and dining etiquette report, one in three singletons make up the Joey Tribbianis of the dating world: those who don’t share food. If you identify with the Friends (popular American sitcom) character, you may be part of the 31% of respondents in the survey, who said dates with sticky fingers, who steal food off their plate, would get a “scowl” of disapproval.
A more generous 69% singletons, meanwhile, said they’d be willing to push their plates closer to their date and share. Results from the survey, which polled 2,000 people in the US, also suggest that dating and dining etiquette is breaking away from outmoded stereotypes with a new generation of Millennials dominating the dating scene.
For instance, when asked what kind of meal they’d order on a first date, 62% of respondents said they’d opt for a heartier dish — a surprising result, given jittery nerves and subdued appetites that normally come with first dates. But with online dating and mobile swiping, it could be said that modern-day singletons are well-practiced speed daters and no longer feel the need to coyly hide their appetites in front of potential partners.
When it comes to picking up the tab, 36% of respondents said they’d rule out a second date if the other person didn’t offer to pay, while 64% said it’s a non-issue. No gender breakdown is offered.