Beware of a foodie call. A new research has found that 23–33% of the surveyed women had dated a man just for a free meal. The research also linked “dark triad” personality traits with such women.
“A foodie call occurs when a person, despite a lack of romantic attraction to a suitor, chooses to go on a date to receive a free meal. The present study examines predictors of a deceptive form of the foodie call in the context of male–female dates: when a woman purposefully misrepresents her romantic interest in a man to dine at his expense.
“In two studies, we surveyed women regarding their foodie call behavior, dark triad personality traits, traditional gender role beliefs, and online dating history. We found 23–33% of women surveyed had engaged in a foodie call. In Study 1, dark triad and traditional gender role beliefs significantly predicted previous foodie call behavior and its perceived acceptability. Study 2 employed fuller measures and suggested again that dark triad traits predicted foodie calls and their perceived acceptability,” said researchers Brian Collisson, Jennifer Howell, and Trista Harig of Azusa Pacific University and UC Merced, whose research appeared in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
They found 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, were most likely to engage in a foodie call and find it acceptable, Neuroscience New reported.
The researchers, who got interested in the the subject of foodie calls after reading about it in the news, have said that their research does not indicate how many foodies calls might be occurring in the US, They could be more prevalent, for instance, if women lied or misremembered their foodie calls to maintain a positive view of their dating history.
The researchers said that as dining out can be expensive, and women are still underrepresented and underpaid in the workforce, the foodie call might present itself as an opportunity to even out the playing field.
However, the researchers also note that foodie calls could occur in many types of relationships, and could be perpetrated by all genders.