Beware: ‘Foodie calls’ are on the rise in the US

As many as a third of women admitted to going on a date just for the sake of a free meal, an alarming new trend on the rise, according to a new study.

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Move over, booty call — the “foodie call” is becoming dating’s next phenomenon.

As many as a third of women admitted to going on a date just for the sake of a free meal, an alarming new trend on the rise, according to a new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Two groups of women were broken into separate studies, where they were asked about their personality traits, gender role beliefs, and if they’ve ever participated in foodie calls. Twenty-three percent of the first group (820 women) admitted to engaging in foodie call behavior, with some believing it was more acceptable.

Most women from the first study deemed it not acceptable.


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In the second group, which analyzed 357 heterosexual women with a similar question set, the percentage was actually higher, with 33% admitting to foodie calls.

If you’re wondering what a foodie call is, it’s when a person goes on a date with someone but not for romantic interest. The person is more interested in scoring a free meal than extending pleasantries.

Coincidentally, those who said they participated in foodie calls scored higher for personality traits linked to “dark triad,” often associated with psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism.

“Several dark traits have been linked to deceptive and exploitative behavior in romantic relationships, such as one-night stands, faking an orgasm, or sending unsolicited sexual pictures,” said researcher Brian Collison.

Kyle Schnitzer|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at kschnitzer@theladders.com.