Watching the Super Bowl Is a Bad Idea for a First Date, Survey Says

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Millions of people gather at Super Bowl parties to watch “The Big Game,” but a new survey shows a majority of singles say they would never bring a “first date” to a Super Bowl bash.

A survey conducted by the dating service Just Lunch finds 53 percent of singles answering no when asked, “Would you bring a ‘first date’ to a Super Bowl party?”  When broken down by gender, 54 percent of single women and 50 percent of guys were against the idea.

“The Super Bowl makes a lousy first date because you’re paying more attention to the TV set than the person you’re with,” says Irene LaCota, a spokesperson for Just Lunch.

But for people who have been dating for a while, a Super Bowl party seems to be a good idea.  Eighty-eight percent of men and 75 percent of women responded positively to watching the game together.

The survey did find 21 percent of female respondents admitting that they watch the game with their dates, but it’s not their favorite thing to do.

There was sharp disagreement between the genders when asked where they would rather watch the big game.   Fifty-three percent of women would rather attend a Super Bowl party, compared to 38 percent of the men.

Watching the game at home was the first choice of 53 percent of the guys and 32 percent of the ladies.

Fifteen percent of women and 9 percent of men prefer to watch the Super Bowl at a sports bar.

Despite all the interest in the Super Bowl by members of both sexes, the survey finds that watching a football game, either on TV or in person, produces very low odds of meeting someone you’d like to date.  Just 5 percent of the male respondents and 6 percent of the ladies replied “yes” when asked, “Have you ever dated someone you met while watching a football game or at a Super Bowl party?”

The Just Lunch survey involved more than 600 online responses.

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