2012 July 11 Wednesday
Meal Great Way To Stir Jealousy

When you need to evoke feelings of jealousy try to have a meal with a former lover. My guess is a more attractive acquaintance would beat a less attractive former lover.

Sharing a meal with a former romantic partner is more likely than other, non-food-related activities to make your current partner jealous, according to a study published July 11 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

The authors, led by Kevin Kniffin of Cornell University, asked undergraduate students to rate their jealousy in response to hypothetical scenarios involving their romantic partner engaging with a former partner, either by email, phone, coffee, or a meal. They found that a meal elicited the highest jealousy ratings, potentially pointing to the importance of meals for human relationships and intimacy. Interestingly, the researchers did not find any significant differences in the jealousy reported by male versus female participants.

Dr. Kniffin remarks, "Given the tradition and fashion of food sharing among co-workers, family members, and friends, our findings are notably consistent with the idea that eating together has importance beyond nutritional factors. By applying a functional view of jealousy, our studies yield the inference that people think meals can be more than just meals."

Dinner beats lunch. But all forms of interaction elicited a fair amount of jealousy. The choice of engagements isn't ideal. One wonders how a movie or sitting under a tree for an hour discussion would rate.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 July 11 10:23 PM  Human Nature Mating


Comments
Audacious Epigone said at July 16, 2012 5:57 PM:

The choice of engagements isn't ideal. One wonders how a movie or sitting under a tree for an hour discussion would rate.

Right. Email (or text), phone (call), coffee, and then meal describes a pretty generic progression of activities among people who are in the early stages of dating, with sexual intimacy coming next. I bet "watching a movie" (not "going out to a movie") would elicit the highest levels of jealousy. Among girls aged 24 and under, watching a movie means action every time.

Check it Out said at July 18, 2012 6:44 PM:

If I were to get married I think faithfulness would probably be the strongest pillar. Seeing, emailing, calling, and going out with former lovers or just "friends" of the opposite sex, would not be allowed.

Does that mean that if you get married you'll give up all your friends of the opposite sex?

Absolutely. You give them up because your future husband/wife will become -among other things- your friend. It is the person you decide to spend the rest of your life with, no less.

hung said at July 22, 2012 12:44 AM:

thanks!!!!!

paulkael said at August 5, 2012 7:26 AM:

This depends on whether or not host reads a book or magazine article during meal with supposed dueling rivals. If host engages in this behavior, new and old girlfriend may decide he is loser. While talking fashion or Twilight, films the girls may decide they have more interesting things in common than borish host.


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