A new study suggests that one out of every three women has been on a date simply to get a free meal.
The researchers found that between 23 and 23 percent of women admit that they’ve gone out with someone that they have absolutely no romantic interest in so that they can be wined and dined for nothing.
The psychologists who discovered this have dubbed these dates ‘foodie calls’.
Oh, and apparently there is some psychological significance to this.
Women who admitted freely to engaging in this sort of behaviour and who thought it was completely acceptable were found to have higher scores when tested for ‘dark’ personality traits such as Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy.
As well as that, women who believe in ‘traditional’ gender roles – basically the idea that it is a man’s job to provide and for women to perform household chores – were also more likely to make a ‘foodie call’.
Right, here’s the numbers behind it.
Two studies were performed. The first one included 820 women. 40 percent of the women were single, 33 percent married, and 27 percent were in a committed relationship but not yet married.
85 percent of the women asked were heterosexual, and they were the focus of the research.
They were asked a series of questions to ascertain their personality traits, what they think the roles of men and women are, and whether they’ve ever gone out with someone that they’re romantically disinterested in for some grub.
They were also asked if they thought it was alright to do so.
This study was performed twice, with 357 women taking part in the second instance.
Of the first cohort, 23 percent thought it was fine. Of the second, a larger amount – 33 percent – thought foodie calls are kosher.
However, it’s worth pointing out that most of the women surveyed thought that it is moderately to extremely unacceptable.
The co-author of the study, Dr Brian Collison of the Department of Psychology at Azusa Pacific University, said: “Several dark traits have been linked to deceptive and exploitative behaviour in romantic relationships, such as one-night stands, faking an orgasm, or sending unsolicited sexual pictures.
“They could be more prevalent, for instance, if women lied or misremembered their foodie calls to maintain a positive view of their dating history.”
Dr Collison said that he and his colleagues read about foodie calls in the news and became fascinated by them.
Exactly what this research proves is unclear, but maybe suggest splitting the bill next time you’re out on a Tinder date and see how that goes down.