What are rule breakers for Valentine’s Day dining? How many people are rule benders on and around February 14th? Our survey reveals all!
According to the survey, which was conducted online by Harris Poll in December 2016, among over 2,000 U.S. adults, 71% of Americans plan to dine out in celebration of the romantic holiday this year; and many indicated a desire to throw caution to the wind and break their diets, budgets, as well as the traditional rules of dating. Even with New Year’s resolutions still fresh on everyone’s mind, it appears they will not impede Americans from embracing Valentine’s Day as a 24-hour hall pass. Despite a more carefree attitude, there are still some social graces that likely won’t be met with a blind eye once at the table, including mobile phone use, political talk, or mention of an ex.
New Year, New You…until Valentine’s Day
Nearly nine out of 10 Americans (87%) say it is ok to cheat on their diet when dining out on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps pointing to a certain comfort that comes with off-the-market status, those currently in a romantic relationship are more likely to find indulging and breaking their diet on Valentine’s Day acceptable than those who are single (90% vs. 79%).
Money ain’t a thing
More than just cheating on their diet, 44% of Americans would want to make it count by splurging and ordering pricier items off the menu than they usually would. Men are more likely than women to bypass modest dishes for more decadent ones (55% vs 34%). As for singles, who will likely be footing their own bill, it appears they will be watching their pocketbooks, with only 32% saying they would order a more expensive menu item than usual for Valentine’s Day, compared to nearly half of their coupled counterparts (49%).
Hey, I just met you, but will you be my Valentine?
Half of Americans (50%) feel it is fine to dine out with a sweetheart on Valentine’s Day after less than a month of dating, with a surprising 1 in 5 (20%) saying it is acceptable as a first date.Continue Reading