If your priority is to snag some of your date’s meal, you might be out of luck — however, you might still get lucky. That’s what the results of a survey commissioned by OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, indicate.
Nearly 40 per cent of Canadian respondents feel it’s acceptable to kiss on the first date, but only 24 per cent of Canadians would share their meal with someone they’re seeing for the first time.
This survey was conducted using the online survey platform Pollfish, and compiled by DKC Analytics. The sample of 1,000 21 to 34 year-olds in Canada was surveyed between September 11 and September 14, 2019.
Of the 40 per cent of respondents who said they would kiss on the first date; the majority are more likely to love Italian cuisine. Italian was the preferred date night choice, with one third of respondents saying they would choose an Italian restaurant for a date.
Getting to know your date over a hot drink is a great way to spark a connection once temperatures drop, and most Canadians agree. Almost 70 per cent of Canadians say they prefer going out for coffee or tea over drinks for a first date.
More than half of Canadians hate when their date orders for them. Sixty-four per cent of Canadians hate when their date chews with their mouth open. When thinking of some conversation starters, steer clear of politics and exes, with 58 per cent stating political discussions are off the table and 65 per cent saying talking about an ex should definitely be avoided.
OpenTable has partnered with Hinge, the dating app designed to be deleted, to help people find the perfect date spot just in time for cuffing season as singletons start looking to couple up. The survey revealed that 86 per cent of Canadian respondents feel some level of stress when finding a restaurant reservation for a date, and 81 per cent of Hinge users agree, wishing it were less stressful.