July 18, 2009
Study: Dating and eating.
What are you favorite date foods? Why? A Cornell University study on Dating and Food surveyed college students. The study will appear in the journal, Appetite.
Dating and eating. Beliefs about dating foods among university students
Appetite, In Press, Uncorrected Proof, Available online 3 July 2009,
by Dana E. Amiraian and Jeffery Sobal
Dating is an important courtship activity in the U.S., and food consumption is part of dating events. Students use dating scripts to guide decisions and behaviors on dates, and perform scripts on dates to construct positive impression management. This study examined how students conceptualized dating foods. A questionnaire was administered in one large university class, and data from 301 students were analyzed. Students were asked to name three dating foods, three foods that are not dating foods, what makes foods dating foods, and what makes foods not dating foods. Findings revealed that both common and uncommon foods were named as dating and not dating foods. Alcoholic beverages were sometimes named as dating foods. Women often named feminine foods (considered appropriate for females) as dating foods, but men were not more likely to name masculine foods (considered appropriate for males) as dating foods. Neat and easy-to-eat foods were often named as dating foods, while pungent foods and foods causing bad breath were named as not dating foods. These findings support the conception that dating scripts guide thinking about food choices to enhance impression management. Dating food choices are important for current health and as potential precursors for long-term eating relationships like marriage.
Click here for a description of the study from Science Direct.com.
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