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1 in 5 Americans Would Rather Go On a Group Date for a First Date

C. Price

Written by: C. Price

C. Price

C. Price is part of DatingAdvice.com's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

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First dates have long been a somewhat challenging endeavor, awkward for some and especially difficult for many.

A growing trend seems to be making that rendezvous a group effort.

In an exclusive study conducted by DatingAdvice.com, 20 percent of Americans said they would rather go on a group date than a one-on-one date for a first date.

According to the results, women were more than twice as likely as men to embrace this concept.

Older Americans were also among the most likely demographics to prefer group dates. Those aged 65 and older topped the list at 24 percent, compared to just 15 percent of those aged 25 to 34.

Asian-Americans were also enthusiastic about the idea, with more than one in four preferring group dates for the first romantic meeting. Only 12 percent of African-Americans agreed.

“More than one in four

Asian-Americans preferred group dates.”

Among the least likely groups to answer in the affirmative was gay men and women at 7 percent – almost three times less than their heterosexual counterparts.

Income was found to be another significant indicator, as respondents making $25,000 to $49,999 a year had a 57 percent lower likelihood of choosing a group date than those earning between $100,000 and $124,999 annually.

The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

The Breakdown: Americans Who’d Rather Go on a Group Date for a First Date

By gender:

  • Male: 12%
  • Female: 27%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 20%
  • Gay: 7%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 18%
  • Married: 21%
  • Divorced: 14%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 21%
  • 25 to 34: 15%
  • 35 to 44: 18%
  • 45 to 54: 19%
  • 54 to 64: 21%
  • 65 and older: 24%

By race:

  • White: 21%
  • African-American: 12%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Asian: 26%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 16%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 14%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 26%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 19%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 22%
  • $125,000 or higher: 19%

By region:

  • Northeast: 16%
  • Midwest: 21%
  • South: 19%
  • West: 22%

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