How to engineer
an ideal dating activity or venue when meeting someone new
Given the proliferation of dating apps, sites and agencies that send suitors to
your doorstep these days, your first date is likely to be someone you’ve spoken
to at length but haven’t met before.
The popularity of such encounters has produced new rules for dates when it comes
to the choice of activity or venue. As The Washington Post reported in
an 2016 article on what restaurant staff think of date outings, “This has given
rise to new rules: Dinner and a movie are out. Cocktails and casual, inexpensive
dates are in.
Here’s what you should consider when choosing a venue:
The ambience matters. Yellow and red interiors make the environment
feel more hectic, causing diners to eat faster and, of course, leave quicker. It
will turn a better profit for restaurants, with customers waiting in line, too.
Choose a setting that has soft lighting and soft jazz instrumental
music playing. Cornell University researchers found that by transforming even a
fast-food restaurant into a fine-dining area using these compelled patrons to hang
around longer than they would at a fast-food restaurant.
Pick a place that has a counter-top bar or a bar at the side as
well as a dining area that serves the dinner crowd. If your date is going fantastically
well, it will make the transition from one hour of drinks to another two hours of
dinner much easier.
This article was first published on DUET magazine.