Today.com, the online home of America's No. 1 morning program along with Match.com, the world’s largest dating website, 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.
With summer upon us and dating season at its height, the national “Love Bites” survey connects the dots between food, booze and dating during those first few impressionable dates. The 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 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. 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
Types of Foodies [or lack thereof]
See more survey results here
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.