Singletons dish on the dos and don’ts of dinner date etiquette
NEW YORK, July 5 — Here's the perfect way to make sure a dinner date ends in disaster: order for your dinner companion, flirt with the wait staff, refuse to try new foods and ask to split the cheque.
That's according to the results of a survey conducted by online dating site Match.com and Today.com, web portal for the US morning news program, which asked US singletons about their turn-ons and turn-offs when it comes to dinner date etiquette.
According to the 4,000 respondents polled, the top dinner date no-no is to flirt with the server, a deal breaker for 87 per cent of singles. Participants ranged in age from 25 to 70.
Gents who want to impress their lady friend should also watch their alcohol intake, as 70 per cent of women said it was a big turn-off if their date drinks more than them. On the other hand, women who don't order any alcohol risk turning off their dinner companion, as 23 per cent of men qualified a completely sober date as a turn-off as well.
When it comes to dining out on a date, survey results also show a contradiction of gender roles and expectations.
Gone are the old-fashioned, antiquated notions of taking charge and showing the lady who's boss, as the majority of respondents — 67 per cent — said they don't want their date to order for them.
And yet when it comes to settling the bill, more than half of respondents, 62 per cent, also indicated they would be turned off if their date asked to split the cheque.
If you really want to impress your date, brush up on your knowledge of food and wine, as 70 per cent said it was an attractive quality. Similarly, singletons also seem to read into a date's refusal to try new foods as a barometer of their adventurousness: 66 per cent said they found a lack of desire for new culinary experiences a turn-off.
The survey found that 30 per cent of carnivores would not date a vegetarian, compared to 4 per cent of vegetarians who said they wouldn't go out with a meat-eater.
Meanwhile, in what could be bad news for gents, one out of every four women said they would rather give up sex than their favorite food of the year, compared to just 16 per cent of men. And that favorite food in question? Not surprisingly, chocolate, followed by a steak. — AFP-Relaxnews