A few months ago, I saw a tweet about a study. Granted, I follow several Hill newspapers who are always tweeting about studies and polling numbers, but this was different. This study, conducted by TODAY.com and Match.com, was about dating and eating habits.
I thought it was very interesting that they found thirty-percent of respondents said they would not date a vegetarian/vegan.
Then again, I’m not sure why I found that interesting. I know that being a vegetarian/vegan would be a dealbreaker for me.
Why won’t I date a vegetarian/vegan? Let’s break down my points.
♥ I grew up on a farm. We raise beef cattle. It’s so much a part of who I am today. Choosing to forsake meat and other animal products is completely alien to me.
♥ Like the story says (link below), sharing meals is a communal thing. It’s a way of bonding – humans have been bonding over food for thousands of years. Part of what makes the bonding experience so fun is enjoying your food with someone else. I fully admit, I’m guilty on more than one occasion (of course, so are most of my dining partners) of stealing a tasty morsel off someone else’s plate.
♥ I have never met a vegan who was not preachy about their diet. This one doesn’t really apply to vegetarians; I know several very nice vegetarians who couldn’t care less that I enjoy a medium rare steak. But the (few) vegans I have encountered acted like I was somewhere between Joseph Stalin and Nero on the morality scale because of my dietary habits.
♥ I like meat. Sorry I’m not sorry.
You can read the story in its entirety here. I think it’s amazing that less than five percent of the U.S. population is vegetarian or vegan, but they’re so vocal you would think there are more of them.
But that’s okay. More bacon for me!
Would you date a vegetarian or vegan? Or, consequently, if you are a vegetarian or vegan, would you date a meat-lover? Or do dietary choices play no factor in who you date?