More to Chew On: First Dates

By The Chew Crew Jan 11, 2013

First dates can be the best or the worst.  Before you brush off the get together as a just another night of getting to know each other questions remember that love at first sight does exist.  According to research from Syracuse University it only takes about a fifth of a second to fall in love.  The study claims that when a person falls in love, 12 areas of the brain work in tandem releasing chemicals such as dopamine and adrenaline. This creates what scientists refer to as “the perfect storm.”
 
As wonderful as falling in love is, dating can be expensive.  The website datingish.com claims the national average for a date is $85.  This includes a moderately priced dinner, movie tickets and snacks.
 
To round out our morning of dating talk we put the co-hosts and the audience to a test, trying to find out what their dating knowledge is. Test your dating knowledge with this first date-inspired trivia:

1. Over 50% of singles sleep together on the first date. True or false?

TRUE! According to a recent study conducted by Singles in America, 55% of singles report having slept together on the first date. Let’s leave a little to the imagination, why don’t we?

2. Using a coupon on the first date will likely lead to a second date. True or false?

TRUE! According to a recent study conducted by Harris Interactive, 73% of women were impressed by their date’s frugal behavior, and claimed they would agree to a second date. It may be that these women see their date's consciousness about money to be a responsible trait for the future.


3. Women are more likely than men to settle for a “less-than-ideal” relationship. True or false?

FALSE! When singles were asked if they would be willing to make a long-term commitment to someone they liked, but did not love, more men agreed than women. No one wants to settle, but it’s clear that women would rather hold off on getting together with someone until the right one comes along.

4. Men take longer to fall in love than women. True or false?

FALSE! Research shows that men know they are falling in love after three dates, while women solidify their feelings for someone around the fourteenth date.

What advice can you offer those heading out on a first date? How do you recommend locking down a second date?