Research conducted by the dating app Clover finds that the top places for couples on a first date to meet these days are Starbucks and Chipotle, in that order. Rounding out the top five are Panera, The Cheesecake Factory and Texas Roadhouse.
The app looked at data taken from 200,000 users. They also found that men prefer heading to a restaurant on the first date while women prefer a coffee shop.
In fact, among the top 30 places chosen, many of them would be places for a date that costs $30 or less, from Yogurtland to Chili’s to In & Out Burger.
We’re going to toss out a couple of theories about these findings. First, on a first date, people want to keep things casual. And you want to have an out if the date goes south. No one wants to sit through additional courses if their dining companion is boring, a psycho, or both.
On top of that, however, we’re going to propose that precarious financial times have people thinking about dating in more economical terms. Where once a date was judged by how much you spent to impress, nowadays, more people understand that we’re recovering from a recession, for many, money is tight, and the joy of going out and meeting someone new over a cup of good coffee (seriously folks, a Flat White will make your whole life better) is more than enough.
Your thoughts? And, our own little informal data collection, where did you go on your last date?