Everyone wants to get the second date. Unless, you know, your date was a wet blanket. So how does a person score a second chance at love — or getting in someone’s pants — these days?
So be thankful that, for their Singles in America survey, Match.com paired with anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher and evolutionary biologist Dr. Justin R. Garcia of The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Together, they dove into the dating-world heart of darkness: what people want in a first date, what will help secure a second one, and why people lie about their sex partners.
Oh man. Now I’m nervous. I told Dr. Garcia everything!
But what most single people are concerned with is getting a second date, and Match’s study seems to have found a pretty foolproof method: raw fish. Sushi dates translate to a 170 percent higher chance of a second date. Why? “”It’s adventurous,” says Fisher. “Any kind of novelty drives up the dopamine system in the brain.” But it’s not only novelty. There are also biological reasons, according to Fisher. Sushi contains omega-3, which boosts circulation and alertness. Seaweed contains iodine, which raises testosterone. (We’ll take another roll, please.) And wasabi’s active ingredient drives up heart rate. These are all changes that are linked to arousal. Effectively, sushi is a delicious wingman.
Is sushi a delicious wingman? I wouldn’t know, I’ve never eaten my wingmen. I also don’t bring friends on first dates but let’s focus on the important information. Sushi will allegedly get you a second date. Unless you or your date hate sushi. Then maybe just go fishing?