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Best Places to Watch the Super Bowl for Singles

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The Super Bowl is making headlines everywhere, whether it's the teams who are playing or the anticipated commericals we'll be watching. The Super Bowl is one of those occasions singles everywhere can enjoy regardless of how they feel about football or the teams they will be rooting for. Where will you be watching the Super Bowl this year?

In a recent survey, It's Just Lunch discovered that while both men and women agree on first dates on Super Bowl being a huge no-no, the genders seem to disagree as to where and how they prefer watching the Super Bowl. An overwhelming 53% of men compared to 32% of women prefer watching the biggest football game of the year at home while 53% of women compared to 38% of men said they would rather watch the championship at a Super Bowl party. It's no surprise considering most men probably don't want to be bothered with idle chatter as they absorb themselves in the game. On the contrary, women are by nature more social creatures, so they prefer the social interactions that are most likely found at a Super Bowl party where there tend to be lots of people and lots of chatter. Not surprisingly, most women watch the game for the commercials and the half-time show (both of which are topics for conversations) while most men watch the game mostly for the game itself. 

The best places to watch the Super Bowl for singles may depend on your gender, but it mostly depends on how absorbed you want to be in the game. There are actually a handful of women in the singles community that don't mind watching the game, prefering it even over Valentine's Day as one It's Just Lunch Facebook fan commented on a recent post about the Super Bowl. If you prefer not to be interrupted, you may want to consider staying home to watch the game with a few good friends. If, however, you're watching the Super Bowl strictly for social purposes, then your best bet is to score an invite to a Super Bowl party where you be as social as you want to be in between commericals, or the game. 

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Why Singles Should Avoid First Dates on Super Bowl Sunday

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In a recent survey we conducted here at It's Just Lunch, we asked over 600 singles about dating and the Super Bowl. Surprisingly, more than half of the men and women we polled said they would NOT bring a first date to a Super Bowl party. While the Super Bowl might be a great opportunity for singles to mix and mingle, it doesn't really create the kind of atmosphere needed to really to get to know someone and determine whether or not they would be a great match for you. In fact, there's a great disparity between men, women and their preferences for watching the Super Bowl. While both genders can agree that their least favorite place to watch the Super Bowl is at a sports bar, 53% of men prefer watching the Super Bowl in the comforts of their own home, while 53% of women prefer wathing the football game at a big Super Bowl party. 

The disparity between men, women and their Super Bowl viewing preferences is reason enough for singles to avoid first dates on Super Bowl Sunday. When it comes to first dates, especially when meeting someone for the first time, it's never a good idea to meet someone in their home--that's just a general safety precaution every savvy dater should take, man or woman. As for Super Bowl parties, well, how much fun can your first date really be when all eyes are glued to a television screen?

Take it from the many professional singles we surveyed about dating and the Super Bowl--refrain from first dates on Super Bowl Sunday. However, do watch the big game because the commercials alone make for great date conversations--even if you don't like football, as one of our It's Just Lunch Facebook fans noted.

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Dating for Busy Professional Singles

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A new dating survey from It's Just Lunch revealed that 41% of respondents always make time for dates--even if it means eating lunch at a nice desk or right outside of your office building. Only 2% of the busy professional singles who responded said they canceled on dates due to work-related activities. Are you one of them? If not, where's the most unconventional place you've ever had a first date? Follow It's Just Lunch on Facebook to share your most memorable first date story.


Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o Catfishing Sham Reminds Singles to Be Vigilant Daters

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Unless you’ve been cooped up in your office with no access to public media, surely you have heard about how Notre Dame’s linebacker Manti Te’o got duped into a fake online relationship in what everyone is calling a “catfishing” sham. As it turns out, Lennay Kekua never died of leukemia nor did she ever exist outside of cyberspace.

What is Catfishing?

The term has arisen in the sports world in the wake of the Manti Te’o dead-girlfriend hoax, which quickly went viral once the truth was exposed. It’s a term that was coined by a 2010 documentary called “Catfish” following the pseudo relationship between 24-year-old Yaniv Shulman and bored housewife Angela Wesselman, who fabricated her identify as 19-year-old Megan Faccio using pictures of another woman by the name of Adriana Gonzales. After a quote from Wesselman’s husband, Vince Pierce, about catfish, the term became an expression for falsifying one’s persona to carry out a fake relationship without ever really meeting in person.

Simple Tips for Avoiding Fake Relationships

Make plans to meet. If someone doesn’t want to meet with you, always flakes at the last minute and is constantly making excuses why they can’t meet, then you should save your time and energy for someone who actually gives you the time of day in the flesh.

Set up a Skype date. If distance is factor, then your online date should have no problem conversing with you via Skype. It’s all too easy for someone to post a fake photo of themselves and lie via text or phone. Be wary of someone who refuses to Skype with you no matter how good their excuse might be.

Look for red flags. If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Common red flags to look for include stories that don’t add up, foreign origins, and overtly romantic comments expressing any kind of emotionally forwardness. Real love and chemistry happens in the flesh, and face to face.

Do your research. Become a fact-checker. Google their name. Look them on social media in case you share a mutual friend who can vouch for them. Verify their information to make sure stories add up. If it makes you feel comfortable, conduct a background search just as you would before hiring a new employee.

Have you ever been the victim of "catfishing"? Meet It's Just Lunch Matchmaker Stephanie Kluver who did a fantastic job representing our company in a FOX TV segment where she expressed how important it is to meet in person and face-to-face.

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Do you think Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was really drawn into a fake online relationship, or do you think it was a publicity stunt sportswriters bought into full-heartedly?


Are You In The Right Profession for Dating?

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Can mixing business with pleasure lead to romantic opportunities? While some professional singles try to keep them separate, others can’t help but mix the two. In the latest It’s Just Lunch Survey, we asked more than 4,000 singles how they mix business and pleasure from their preferred first date activity to how much time they devote between work and play.The results revealed an interesting trend indicating the role reversals of men and women in their attitudes toward dating.

Did you know that 45% of women are more likely to talk about business or work-related topics than their male counterparts, fifty-five percent (55%) of which stray away from such discussions? Despite the fact that one quarter of the singles we surveyed prefer dating an entrepreneur or business owner, one interesting thing It’s Just Lunch discovered was that 26% of men had a higher preference for dating someone in the medical field, while 31% of women showed a higher preference for dating business executives. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

Women like talking about business so dating a business executive would be ideal. The problem for these women, however, is that most of these business executive types would rather talk about something completely unrelated to their profession, which makes dating someone in the medical field a much more attractive option. But men aren’t the only ones who prefer diversity in their relationships.

In fact, most of the singles we polled (69%) prefer dating someone in a different industry altogether. One possible reason for wanting to date someone outside your profession is to avoid competition or jealousy. When you run in the same professional circle, it’s hard not to bring work home with you. Besides, diversity is what makes relationships fun and exciting. It can also keep conversations from going dull.

The least desired professions to date included real estate, finance and law since professionals in those field are considered most likely to bring work home with them. Women especially have a hard time drawing the line between work and play while men seem to be hardwired with an easy on and off switch.

If you happen to be among the handful of people who have trouble making time for dating, then the best places to meet other professional singles are business networking events. You can kill two birds with one stone as you build meaningful relationships with potential business partners, clients and even romantic interests. While 39% of singles who attend networking events keep it strictly professional, there are still 21% of singles who attend for business and personal reasons. If even only two of you are there with a similar romantic ulterior motive, then you just might cross paths with your ideal match.

As far as first dates are concerned, most business-oriented singles prefer cocktails after work over coffee anytime. Perhaps it’s that dash of liquid courage that calms most first-date nerves, but then again perhaps the 22% of singles who preferred coffee simply don’t drink alcohol in favor of sobriety.

Regardless of what profession you’re in, no one wants to be or date a workaholic. The more you make time for dating, the more successful you’ll be at it in much the same way you’ve become successful in your current profession with all the time you’ve made prioritizing your career over love. It’s time you started rewarding yourself for all your hard work by inviting the relationship and love you seek to enhance the quality of the life you’ve built for yourself.

So are you in the right profession for dating? Maybe, maybe not, but as long as you have a job, have your own life outside of a relationship, and don’t mind driving the next town over for a date, the odds are still in your favor.