What You Order At A Restaurant Could Positively Influence Your Relationships, University of Chicago Study

Meeting someone for dinner for the first time may be nerve wracking, but according to a team of researchers from the University of Chicago, there’s a simple trick to getting your date to like you right away. Their findings, published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, have proven the old saying true: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. By ordering the same or similar meal, your date is more likely to trust you and enjoy your company.

"People tend to think that they use logic to make decisions, and they are largely unaware that food preferences can influence their thinking," said the study’s co-author Ayelet Fishbach, a professor in the business school at the University of Chicago, in a statement. "On a very basic level, food can be used strategically to help people work together and build trust."

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