Despite all the hype for Super Bowl, it doesn't make as great an opportunity to meet singles as one might think. Whether you choose to watch the game in person or on television, the odds of meeting someone for you to date are pretty slim. A recent dating survey conducted by matchmaking service It's Just Lunch revealed that only 5% of men and 6% of women have ended up dating someone they met while watching the game or at a Super Bowl party, while an overwhelming 53 percent of professional singles agreed that watching the Super Bowl as a first date was a bad idea.
“The Super Bowl makes a lousy first date because you’re paying more attention to the TV set than the person you’re with,” says Irene LaCota, a spokesperson for the It’s Just Lunch dating service.
Everyone watches the game for different reasons but dating is certainly not one of them. In fact, 53% of women prefer watching the game at a Super Bowl party where they can engage in lots of social interaction, while 53% of men prefer watching the game at home where they can enjoy it without interruptions. This disparity in Super Bowl viewing habits has largely to do with the reasons why people watch the game in the first place. While 45% of men and 39% of women look forward to all of the Super Bowl, only 16% of women actually care about the game itself compared to 36% of men. A good number of singles, including 31% of women and 17% of men look forward to the commercials the most while another 14% of women look forward to the halftime show above all compared to only 1% of men.
With so much to look forward to during the Super Bowl, LaCota can see why it would be so hard to meet someone this way. “It’s a lot easier to meet someone when you have the time to look in their eyes and not feel like you are missing the next touchdown.”
If you really want to score on your next date, perhaps you should consider watching the game for yourself and make it a point to collect a few talking points that will be sure to keep a conversation flowing. For more information about It's Just Lunch, visit www.itsjustlunch.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/itsjustlunch.