Pizza, three glasses of wine and a peck on the cheek: Why going on a date feels like Groundhog day for so many
Disillusioned with the dating scene Think you”ve seen it all You may be right.
A study has found that many courting Britons are stuck on “Groundhog dates”, with about half of singletons going on 20 practically identical dates a year.
And for the nation”s aspiring Casanovas, it”s not proving very effective.
Groundhog dates: The typical date happens on a Thursday or Friday and involves pizza, wine – and a peck on the cheek
A survey showed that the typical romantic (or not so romantic) liaison takes place on a Thursday or Friday evening, after work.
It involves Italian food, usually pizza or pasta, three glasses of wine to wash it down, and ends with nothing more exciting than a peck on the cheek.
It”s hardly likely to get passions aroused and, accordingly, one in four Groundhog daters admit they seldom arrange a second date.
Matt James, founder of doingsomething.co.uk, which commissioned the research, said: “If you put a bit of thought into doing something you will enjoy on a date, then you lift the pressure out of a typical first date situation and open the door to that all-important second date.”
Perhaps it”s that the youth of today have lost the fire of previous generations.
A second study shows that women in their 50s are planning to party more this festive season that their younger counterparts.
Festive fifties: Separate research shows women in their 50s are planning to go to more parties this Christmas than younger women
Sixty-one per cent of women in their 50s or older already have at least three invitations to festive get-togethers – compared with 57 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds.
And almost a fifth of women over 50 claimed to have been invited to 10 parties over the festive season.
Lynda Bellingham, brand ambassador for isme.com, the retailer which commissioned the research, was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying: “Today”s 50-plus women are having a better time than ever.
“They have the double benefit of disposable income and good health.”