18th July 2018 – New research out today suggests the nation is now more likely than ever before to choose a potential suitor over BREAKFAST. One in 10 admitted they now go on more breakfast dates, with nearly two thirds of the nation (61%) revealing they would be open to meeting a potential love interest while enjoying the most important meal of the day.
When dining out for love, the research also uncovered the perfect length for a date, which is said to be just under two hours. The biggest turn offs were revealed as ‘being rude to the waiter’ (52%) and ‘being a fussy eater (27%)’.
And when it comes to paying for the bill, the research found that men are happy to spend, on average, just short of £55, nearly £15 more than women, who were happy to part with almost £40 on date night.
Thankfully, modern dating trends have also led to more relaxed conventions. When it comes to paying for the bill, over a third (38%) now prefer to go Dutch. In fact, this figure rises to 50% for women, with only 24% of men saying they prefer to split the bill. Furthermore, nearly two-fifths (37%) of us consider it to be ‘savvy’ if a date uses a discount voucher, doing away with the fear of being seen as cheap.
However, if a first date is not going to plan, nearly a quarter (21%) will make their excuses by stating they have an early start in the morning. One if five (20%) will even FAKE AN ILLNESS as a means to escape. An announcement of an emergency or work commitment comes third at 10%.
The research, which questioned 2,000 UK adults, was conducted Compare the Market, as it today (Monday 16 July) launches Meerkat Meals – a brand new reward powered by tastecard, which offers customers 2 for 1 food at thousands of restaurants up and down the country.