Around one in three women have admitted during two studies that they go on a date for the free food, in what is being termed a “foodie call.”
The studies were conducted on US residents by researchers from the Azusa Pacific University and the University of California Merced. Both are located in the US state of California.
The research has since been published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science by research author Brian Collisson from the Azusa Pacific University.
It concluded that as many as 33 percent of the women surveyed had engaged in a foodie call.
What is a ‘foodie call’?
The abstract of the article published by Collisson explains what a “foodie call” — a play on the phrase “booty call” — is.
It defines “foodie call” as “when a woman purposefully misrepresents her romantic interest in a man to dine at his expense.”
It adds: “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 research, incidentally, looks into the dynamics of male-female dating, and does not go into homosexuality.
Metro.co.uk, however, has a new term for it: sneating. It stands for “sneakily cheating your way into eating a free meal.”
What does the research show?
The abstract of the research published in the journal has Collison saying: “In Study 1, dark triad and traditional gender role beliefs significantly predicted previous foodie call behaviour and its perceived acceptability.”
It may be noted that the dark triad of human behaviour is Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy.
A Machiavellian is someone who uses deception to succeed in life, the term coming from the Reneissance-era Italian diplomat and author Niccolo Machiavelli.
During this study, 698 women who had an average age of 34 were asked: “Have you ever agreed to date someone (who you were not interested in a relationship with) because he might pay for your meal?”
About 23 percent of them — approximately one out of every four — answered in the affirmative.
The second study, however, did not focus on gender roles. “Study 2 employed fuller measures and suggested again that dark triad traits predicted foodie calls and their perceived acceptability,” said Collisson in the abstract.
This time, however, 33 percent of the women — about as close you can get to one out of three without getting into fractions — said they had gone on a foodie call!
Is it really this bad? Depends on how you are looking at it, explained Collisson.
He told Newsweek: “However, foodie calls may be acceptable to some suitors, may be explicitly communicated by some, may occur in same or opposite-sex relationships, and may be perpetrated by either men or women.”