Women Three Times as Likely to Prefer Coffee Over Drinks for a First Date

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This is an exclusive study conducted by DatingAdvice.com, which surveyed respondents over the course of three weeks to reflect an accurate representation of the U.S. population.

According to a new study by DatingAdvice.com, it appears women have had their fill of dates who’ve had a little too much to drink.

The exclusive study shows women are three times as likely to choose having coffee over drinks for a first date.

While a traditional dinner date is still the most popular option, simpler outings like coffee or cocktails prove to be a favorite among certain demographics.

According to the results, women are 18 percent more likely than men to choose coffee for the first romantic meeting.

At 50 percent, Asian-Americans were among the most likely groups to pick coffee, which even beat out dinner by about 10 percent.

Married and divorced respondents also preferred meeting for a cup of Joe on a date – about four out of 10 compared to three out of 10 for singles.


“Women are 18 percent more likely to

choose coffee for the first romantic meeting.”

Gay men and women were much more evenly split among all groups surveyed, with a little more than a third choosing coffee and just under a third selecting drinks or dinner.

Among the least likely groups to answer in the affirmative was younger Americans, as 32 percent chose coffee for their preferred first date activity versus 43 percent of those aged 54 to 64.

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 Prefer Meeting for Coffee on a First Date

By gender:

  • Male: 33%
  • Female: 39%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 36%
  • Gay: 37%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 30%
  • Married: 39%
  • Divorced: 38%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 32%
  • 25 to 34: 31%
  • 35 to 44: 34%
  • 45 to 54: 35%
  • 54 to 64: 43%
  • 65 and older: 42%

By race:

  • White: 38%
  • African-American: 26%
  • Hispanic: 33%
  • Asian: 50%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 32%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 39%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 29%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 37%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 42%
  • $125,000 or higher: 39%

By region:

  • Northeast: 41%
  • Midwest: 38%
  • South: 34%
  • West: 34%

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