Progressive dating culture calls for liberal and forward-looking approach. The newest introduction is a “foodie call”. According to this dating phenomenon, a person can set up a date, not for romantic pursuits, but for the love of food. A new research focusing on the dating phenomenon alleged that 23 – 33% of women have engaged in a foodie call, with the prospect of sharing a free meal with someone.
The research study conducted by experts from Azusa Pacific University and UC Merced also studied results from the point of view of social and personality psychology. The study concluded that women were more likely to possess ‘dark triad’ personality traits; narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, etc. It was because of these traits that the women tended to engage more in activities like a ‘foodie call’.
The study drew inferences on basis of findings collected from 820 women, 40% of which were single, whereas 33% married and 27% were in a committed relationship but not married. From the group, 85% were heterosexual. The subjects were asked to answer a series of questions, which measured their personality traits, foodie call history and beliefs about gender roles. One of the question also studied if the participants thought a foodie-call was acceptable.
For the study, experts divided the participants into two groups. In the first group, 23% of women had engaged in a foodie call, most did it occasionally while some only rarely. Moreover, some believed a foodie call was moderately unacceptable. The second group comprised of 357 heterosexual women. The findings showed that 33% of women had engaged in a foodie call. The results confirmed that none of the groups recruited representative samples of women. Moreover, those engaged in foodie calls had a higher tendency to ‘dark triad’ personality traits.
“Several dark traits have been linked to deceptive and exploitative behavior in romantic relationships, such as one-night stands, faking an orgasm, or sending unsolicited sexual pictures,” says Brian Collisson, lead author of the study.
Collisson adds that although many foodie calls were made in the United States, the occurrences could not be inferred from the current research. Furthermore, they conclude that foodie calls could occur in many relationships and were not gender specific. The research study was published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.