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January 2014

Talking Points for the Big Game for Non-Football Singles

Super-bowl-2014In a recent survey being conducted by It’s Just Lunch of more than 1,400 singles thus far, most men (43.8%)  prefer to watch the game from the comforts of their own home--even if it mean hosting their own Super Bowl party so they won’t have to stray far from the TV unless its for one of three things: beer, food or the bathroom. On the other hand, women (44.7%) are most likely to end up at that very Super Bowl party since they’d rather watch the game in a social setting where they are most likely to meet other potential singles. However, a good majority of men will be far too absorbed into the game to bother with socializing so It’s Just Lunch has come up with a few great talking points for non-football singles to socialize with their football-loving counterparts without detracting from their Super Bowl-watching experience.

Have you ever heard your favorite quarterback yell out “Omaha” during a football game? Peyton Manning isn’t the first quarterback to do it, but he’s certainly the one getting the most attention for it, according to North Jersey Media Group. As it turns out, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce organized eight businesses that each donated $100 for every time the quarterback yelled “Omaha.”  So far, he’s said it 31 times for a grand donation total of $24,800. In fact, a local zoo in Omaha even named a penguin after the Broncos football star, Peyton the penguin. According to several sources, it’s all part of a clever marketing ploy to help drive tourism to the largest city in Nebraska, which happens to be Omaha.

Did you know that Seattle’s Derrick Coleman is legally deaf and the first of his kind to play in the NFL? The media is calling his story the best Super Bowl story of the year after a heart-felt exchange of letters via Twitter with a hearing-impaired 9-year-old Seahawks fan. When the young girl’s father shared an image of a letter she wrote to Coleman calling him an inspiration, the athlete responded back with an image of his own hand-written letter that said, “Even though we wear hearing aids, we can still accomplish our goals & dreams.”

Another great fail-safe talking point is which team you think will win and whether a good offense or good defense wins more games or championships. According to the Singles & The Super Bowl survey, 51.3% of men and 41.2% of women polled want the Denver Broncos to win while only 21.1% of men and 18.2% of women want the Seattle Seahawks to win. With the NFL’s best defense team and best offense team pitted against each other, this year’s Super Bowl should make for a particularly exciting game to watch. Which team are you rooting for? Join us on Facebook to get involved in all sorts of discussions relevant to singles.

What Super Bowl Commercials Can Teach Singles About Relationships


If you’re usual dating routines aren’t working for you, then it might be time to rip a page from some of your favorite Super Bowl commercials of all time. With all the hype surrounding this year’s Super Bowl, starting with Bud Light’s teaser Super Bowl ad featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger warming up for an epic game of ping-pong, It’s Just Lunch came up with five relationship lessons singles can learn from watching the Super Bowl, if only for the commercials.

The more you invest, the more you will get out of your relationship.

With Super Bowl advertisers spending $4 million and upward for a 30 second commercial, many of them are expecting a higher return on their investment for every dollar spent in the form of increased purchase intent. Much like joining a recreational sports team, you’re only going to get out of it as much as you put into it. If you don’t show up or make any efforts to improve your (dating) game, then you’re not going to have the same experiences as someone who does show up and make an effort. Take charge of your own love life by putting in the time and energy  required to make a relationship last for the long haul.

We all just want to connect with someone on a deeper level.

Emotional appeal is the number one leading element found in virtually every Super Bowl commercial you’ve ever watched. This year, Super Bowl advertisers are leaning heavily to creating a sense of nostalgia that will resonate with the masses by transporting them to a different era through pre-turn-of-the-century music, flashback images from the past and celebrities from the past, like Arnold Schwarzennegar who we haven’t seen with shoulder-length hair since his “Conan the Barbarian” days back in the 80s.

Humor can go a long way, especially when tensions are rising.

Falling right behind emotional appeal, humor is considered the second leading element you’re likely to find in some of the most memorable Super Bowl commercials. Remember watching Betty White get tackled for a Snickers commercial or when Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd thought they were the next big thing for Samsung? Humor is a great way to diffuse tensions, both on the field and off the field where its likely to count most in your current or prospective relationships.

We all have a secret desire to escape from reality and revisit our youth.

 When people watch the Super Bowl, they get super absorbed into it and become very present in the game itself. In fact, some people even treat Super Bowl Sunday almost like a religious holiday, and use it as a day to get away from it all and get lost a someone else’s reality for a change. This kind of plays out in relationships as well. If relationships truly make the world go round, then the best kinds of relationships are the ones that makes you feel like you and your partner are in your own world together.

 Expose yourself to a new world when you step out of your comfort zone. 

USA Today reports singing and dancing football stars in a Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi to include the likes of Terry Bradshaw and and Deion Sanders. We’re not quite sure what to expect, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see America’s favorite iconic NFL players in tutus considering all the hype of putting them in a new light for the Pepsi spot. If Pepsi’s goal is to reach new audiences, such as musical lovers and Glee fans, then it might be worth noting for singles. If you’re tired of your current dating pool, try stepping out of your comfort zone to expose yourself to a new world of people waiting to meet you.


Dating, Chemistry and Timing

Timing it's just lunchAfter interviewing a lot of single men and women on their dating experiences, It’s Just Lunch managed to get some real, inside information on what men and women are really looking for when they meet someone for the first time. We’ve offered tips on making a good first impression, flirting and wordplay, and tips for both sexes on what they expect out of someone on a first date. However, through all the tips and tricks, sometimes it just comes down to chemistry and timing. So what are those two seemingly nebulous yet important parts of a date?


You Can’t Force Chemistry… But You Can Coax It Along

So what is chemistry? Most people aren’t sure exactly what it is, but they know it when they feel it. If you have good chemistry with someone, such as on a first date, you’ll want to pursue more time with him or her. If there is bad chemistry, then it’s unlikely you’ll want to see each other again. Whatever the case, most singles – almost 66% of our respondents – said that chemistry is the single most important part of a first date; more so than even initial compatibility. While a couple may not be perfect on paper, a first date may reveal a lot more than what is in a profile. In fact, almost 44% of singles said that if they “felt comfortable being themselves” it meant the first date was a success. And listen up, ladies: 49% of men said that being able to feel comfortable as themselves on a first date was a sure sign of a good one.

 On occasion, there will be times where a first date will reveal no chemistry whatsoever. While this isn’t a bad thing, it might mean that one person wasn’t comfortable opening up, or perhaps there was mutual defensiveness on both sides. Again, while you can’t necessarily force chemistry, you can take some of the tips we have covered on to help coax it in the right direction.


Confidence Has A Lot To Do With Interviewing… That, and Timing

The comparison may seem a little cold, but let’s face it: first dates are very much like interviews. Exude confidence, be comfortable in your own skin, be interested and kind to your first date, and chances are you’ll get a second one. However, there is a window in which most people decide on whether or not they’ll want to see someone again. According to our respondents, 44% of women and 46% of men decide within the first twenty minutes whether or not a second date is in the cards. The good news is that since a previous survey in 2004, both men and women are gradually deciding later and later in the date as to whether or not they want to see each other again. For example, in 2004, almost 80% of guys decided whether or not to take a woman out again within the first 15 minutes!


Dating Material or Relationship Material?

If the chemistry and compatibility is right, most men and women start thinking about when they want see each other again. However, are they merely thinking about a second date, or are they thinking about a relationship? Hold on to your hats, guys: 45% reflected on a first date and then asked yourselves, “Is she relationship material?” On the other hand, almost 51% of women are more likely to consider whether they want a second date or not, while 39% asked themselves if a guy was relationship material.

Even though it seems a lot can happen within the first hour of a date that makes a single decide whether or not they want to see someone again, the best thing to do is just slow it down. Dating, and much like the relationships that can follow, are marathons; not sprints. With all the complex intricacies that can occur on in a first date, it’s tough to expect perfection. If we let our guards down a bit and relax, have fun, be comfortable in our own skin and make our dates comfortable in theirs, you’ll never know what kind of surprises you’ll discover.


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9 Ways To Revamp Your Dating Life

Every January, singles all over the world flock to the internet in hopes of kickstarting a dormant love life. Many dating websites have consistently reported significant increases in membership and usage during the month of January. To help more singles stay on track with their New Year’s dating resolutions, It’s Just Lunch has compiled a list of ten ways you can supercharge your love life so you can hit the ground running all year long.

  1. Cut your losses and move on. There’s no sense beating a dead horse. If something isn’t working out for you, then summon up the courage to walk away from the situation. Leave the past behind, hold no regrets, and learn from your mistakes. You may not be able to control how someone reacts to you, but you have all the power when you control how you react to someone else, no matter how badly they may have wronged you in the past.

  1. Adopt a new motto and write yourself a manifesto. The advertising world is filled with all sorts of mottos and gimmicks promoting various products and services. Start seeing yourself as a valuable hot commodity and create a new motto for yourself that reflects what kind of person you would like to be for someone special. Turn your motto into a morning manifesto you say to yourself while you’re brushing your teeth or driving to your next date.

  2. Commit to at least one dating opportunity or social event per week. If dating is really a numbers game, then a little simple match would reveal that the more you plant yourself into situations where you are most likely to meet people, the more chances you’ll have at a relationship with your ideal partner. Make it a point to do something social at least once a week, whether it’s attending a speed dating event or meeting up with friends for a live show.

  3. Change up your usual dating routine in favor of new experiences. While some professional singles still opt for the traditional dinner date or long walk along the beach, other singles are getting bored with the typical dating routine. Dare to be bold by focusing every first date on having fun and sharing a new experience together while getting to know each other instead of focusing the dating on getting to know each other while doing something as mundane as drinking coffee.

  4. Be more realistic about your dating options. If you’re of a mature age and a little on the plump side, than you may want to rethink your whole dating strategy if your ideal date is young, lean and extraordinarily beautiful or handsome. Research has actually shown that relationships last longer and are more stable between couples who measure up to each other fairly well on the looks scale.

  5. Start hitting the gym or taking workout classes more frequently. Getting back to shape is a great way to stay healthy for yourself while looking good for all of your dating prospects. Don’t be afraid to show off a little sweat, which can sometimes be extremely attractive to singles looking for someone they can work up a sweat with together.

  6. Expand your social circle by taking up a new hobby or volunteering. The fastest and easiest way to meet new people is to join a local club where you’re most likely to meet people with your similar interests. If you’re looking for a date with someone who has a warm heart and loves kids, then look for volunteer opportunities at a youth organization where you’re more likely to meet that kind of person.

  7. Subscribe to your favorite websites for dating advice. Stay ahead of all the latest dating trends when you subscribe to newsletters from some of the top dating experts in the industry. All of them offers tons of great content providing singles the insight and perspective they need to become better daters.

  8. Embrace your new dating persona for the year. Once you’ve done everything you can to change up your dating strategy, the last thing you need to do is in embrace your new dating persona and charge ahead while keeping your manifesto at the top of your mind everywhere you go.

Here’s to a great new year for singles everywhere!

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