Do you stress over which dish to order on a first date? If you’ve ever avoided chicken wings or that spinach salad to avoid any messy embarrassment on a date, you aren’t the only one thinking twice about your order.
It turns out that it’s more common than you think — specifically for men.
According to a recent study from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, research states that men are more likely to order meat on a date because they want to impress women. The study found that being sexually motivated could actually increase a man’s appetite for meat.
Why? The research shows that a man’s preference for meat comes from the ideology that they may appear more attractive to the opposite sex. The study featured 1,600 male and female participants from Australia, the USA, and the UK.
According to Times Live, the reasoning may involve human evolution: “For our ancestors, meat was both hard to find and difficult to prepare and so helped men show off a status to women, increasing their desirability to potential mates, as well as providing them with nutrients and strength.”
Dr. Natalina Zlatevska, one of the researchers of the study, tells Times Live that there has always been a link between meat and status throughout history: “The link between meat and status is grounded in evolutionary drivers of consumption. Cavemen consumed meat in order to be strong, healthy and powerful enough to survive the harsh environment. Royalty and the nobility also consumed meat because it signified wealth.”
Even though the article focuses on the fact that men are more likely to order meat to impress women, first date food is a common worry for everyone. Have you ever found this happening to you? Do you think that ordering certain foods make people seem more attractive?