Do women prefer free food to love and romance? An interesting report just released reveals that about one-third of the women who accept date proposals do so for the free food.
According to the research, some women – who have been discovered to possess "dark" personality traits - have at one point or the other considered a date as a source of a free meal, not because of romantic interest, research has found.
This was gathered after researchers discovered that 23%-33% of women in an online study said they had engaged in a "foodie call" - going on a date essentially for food to be paid for by the men.
If you have ever doubted the existence of “foodie call”; well, here you have it! It is real and you may have been a victim, who knows?
Surprisingly, the research further revealed that women who scored high on the "dark triad" of personality traits (i.e., psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism), as well as expressed traditional gender role beliefs, are most likely to engage in a foodie call and find it acceptable.
The research studies were carried out by Brian Collisson, Jennifer Howell, and Trista Harig of Azusa Pacific University and UC Merced. Their findings were published in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science.
According to the research publication, 820 women were recruited, with 40% reporting they were single, 33% married, and 27% saying they were in a committed relationship but not married. Out of them, 85% said they were heterosexual.
The women answered a series of questions that measured their personality traits, beliefs about gender roles, and their foodie call history.
They were also asked if they thought a foodie call was socially acceptable.
About 23 percent of women in this first group revealed they had engaged in a foodie call. Most did so occasionally or rarely. Although women who had engaged in a foodie call believed it was more acceptable, most women believed foodie calls were extremely to moderately unacceptable.
The second study analyzed a similar set of questions of 357 heterosexual women and found 33% had engaged in a foodie call.
However, the researcher said, "it is important to note that neither of these studies recruited (were) representative samples of women, so we cannot know if these percentages are accurate for women in general."
For both groups, those that engaged in foodie calls scored higher in the "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," said Mr. Collisson, one of the researchers.
The researchers also, however, note that foodie calls could occur in many types of relationships, and could be perpetrated by all genders.
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