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Study: Women 2x More Likely to Go on Group First Dates

Hayley Matthews

Written by: Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews

Hayley has over 10 years of experience overseeing content strategy, social media engagement, and article opportunities. She has also written hundreds of informational and entertaining blog posts. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Bustle, Cosmo, the Huffington Post, AskMen, and Entrepreneur. When she's not writing about dating news, relationship advice, or her fantasy love affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, she enjoys listening to The Beatles, watching Harry Potter reruns, and drinking IPAs.

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In high school, group first dates were the way to go – often because your parents said so. As an adult, you may have traded in a gaggle of friends for some one-on-one time – or maybe not.

As it turns out, there’s more appeal to group first dates than just your mom agreeing to them.

In our latest DatingAdvice.com study, we asked more than 1,000 Americans to see if they would prefer to go on a first date in a group or one on one.

Surprisingly women are more than 2x as likely as men to prefer a group first date. Women also are the most likely of any demographic to feel this way, with 27 percent of respondents expressing this preference.

We asked Gary Lewandowski Jr., the chair of psychology at Monmouth University and co-creator of ScienceofRelationships.com, why more than one in four women would opt for the group dynamic the first time they’re going out with someone, and he offered some interesting insight.

“Women are more than 2x as

likely to prefer a group first date.”

“Women may be more likely to go on first dates as a group because it provides an additional sense of security,” he said.

When women are seeing someone for the first time, especially if they don’t know that person well, having others around can be seen as “safer.”

Not only does a group first date keep a woman feeling physically secure, but it also allows her to relax. She feels assured that there won’t be any awkward lulls or forced conversation with more people around.

As well, having additional people on a date is a great opportunity to learn more about other couples. Lewandowski shared research by Rich Slatcher from Wayne State University that shows the more couples talk to one another, the better friends they become.

These improved friendships also benefit your relationship, making you feel closer to your date.

Our results also show straight Americans are almost three times more likely than their homosexual counterparts to prefer a group first date (20 percent and 7 percent, respectively).

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%.

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