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20 November, 2008

Are Junk Foodies Destined to be Single?

talk while you're eatingBloggers Rita Mauceri and Elycia Rubin, who write a food blog for Yahoo, suggest that one of the reasons why some "guys" remain single is because they have poor social skills at the dining table...

Do you... eat like a caveman? Utensils are there for a reason -- so you can eat like a gentleman. Shoveling food into your mouth is not something you should subject your date to. Same goes for talking while chewing. Not only is it unpleasant to watch at a time when your job is to be easy on the eyes, it's a red flag that says you're a little short on self-awareness -- an important characteristic in a mate.

I disagree.

First, they assume that all women have superior dining skills.

Second, they don't understand what men are doing.

Men have spent years and years growing up as boys being pestered by their mothers to keep their elbows off the table, to use their forks, wipe their mouths, don't talk while chewing, etc. Do you think they want to be pestered for the rest of their lives by their wives as well?

A guy behaving just as he would normally behave, is a filter. If a woman can overlook his disgusting habits, and focus on the things that they love about him, then she passes the first test. Maybe she's has potential.

If not, there are other fish in the sea.

Remember gals, a date is not a one-sided affair where you get to decide the outcome. He's also trying to figure out if you're worth the endless trips to the hair and nail salon his paychecks are going to be supporting.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Remember gals, a date is not a one-sided affair where you get to decide the outcome. He's also trying to figure out if you're worth the endless trips to the hair and nail salon his paychecks are going to be supporting.

If you're destined to be single, it isn't because of your table habits -- it's because you come across as a misogynistic jerk.

clift said...

This and the last post about manly food are confusing. How old are you? Because most of the dudes I know are capable of cooking quality food for themselves. A lot of them do it as a hobby. It's not considered feminine, it's actually considered very masculine to be good with the grill and the food processor. They also don't eat like "cavemen" with the accidental spitting of food while talking and all that stuff. Probably 80% of them also consider eating fast food to be like buying laxatives, it's one of those embarrassing things you do sometimes because it's the best option, but you don't want to have to make a habit of it. We like burgers made out of beef, not beef and fecal material, or mechanically separated "meat" nuggets. I mean, who would willingly eat a plateful of crap?

But I have a biased sample, all the men I know are under the age of 30, so they're not representative. Most of them are also smarter than average. Nevertheless some of your posts are puzzling, as if you're from some alien realm where dudes lack the ability and mechanical know-how to feel comfortable in a kitchen. I mean maybe that was true in 1961 or something, but a guy who enjoys making a kick-ass steak and asparagus dinner these days is considered high value. Just so you know. Guys today have a much wider range of capabilities than they used to.

Also about the not eating like a caveman thing. People on dates like to know that the person sitting across from them at the table is willing to make an effort for them. It's part of social reciprocity and it's an important part of the evolutionary success of primates, especially humans. It's not really a male or female thing. Most people don't wear old sweatpants on dates for the same reason. Someone who does is throwing up a red flag that they only think about themselves, not you or anyone else, so they're more likely to be an evolutionary dead end because that strategy is damaging to the species. Humans don't consciously think about this, but old sweatpants guy or girl is less likely to get laid than guy or girl in good clean clothes.

Also, it sounds like maybe you have an unusual wife. You should be aware that most women don't actually go to hair or nail salons that often. Also, most of them are in the workforce, and 60-65% of them earn at least half of their family's income, so if a woman gets a haircut there's a pretty good chance the money is coming out of her own pocket. (Most of the ones who are not in the workforce are full-time carers for children or elderly adults.)

I hope I'm not sounding rude, I'm trying to explain all of this in a straightforward way because you sound like you might not be familiar with current North American culture. I assume you're an older man who doesn't have much contact with males under the age of 30-35, especially the high-earning, high-education, or high-accomplishment demographic. Or maybe you're not a Westerner, I guess your posts would make more sense if you're originally from the Middle East or Africa. I don't think you're a misogynist, you just sound sort of confused and obsolete.

Oh, also one more thing, at least in sociobiological terms, dates are not totally one-sided affairs, you're right, but women do tend to make the ultimate decisions on the outcome of dates, relationships, or marriages. Not always, but on average, they do. Biologically, woman's role tends to be that of the choosier mate. They filter out the males they deem less intelligent/capable/considerate/empathetic because those males are less likely to be good at providing for and helping to raise the children they sire. Again, this is an average thing, not true in every single case, but true on average.

I enjoy reading about new junk food so I hope you continue writing more of those posts instead of the social commentary ones. You're much better at the junk food ones.

jellywa on 11/22/2008 10:46:00 PM said...

Just shut up and chew your food.

April said...

Wow, Steve. I hope you are already married, because with an attitude like that you have slim hope of snagging someone who has even a smidgen of self-esteem. First, you assume that all ladies spend oodles on their hair and nails. Buzzzzz! Wrong! Secondly, you assume that you will be the only one bringing home THE paycheck. Since when? This isn't 1950 anymore, dude. Women do have jobs. And enough self-worth to know better than to put up with your neanderthal ways.

Jon on 11/25/2008 05:28:00 AM said...

Don't worry Steve. Women can be slobs too.

There's someone for everyone.

Anonymous said...

I don't care about your success, or possible lack thereof, with women. But if there's a reason you're still blogging from your mother's basement, your presumably atrocious table manners are a good candidate. More businesses are casting a watchful eye on the table manners, and general etiquette, of those who are trying to scale the corporate ladder. Poor table manners betray a lack of breeding, tact, and most important, sensitivity. I would be appalled if someone trying to sell me a multi-million dollar computer system ate with both elbows on the table, waving utensils around like light pointers, and speaking regardless of whether his mouth was full or not.

Watching a football game with the guys on Sunday afternoon is one thing, but if I'm out on a date or in a corporate setting, you can be sure I'm watching my manners.

Alicia Newby on 12/02/2008 06:50:00 PM said...

I'm learning to cut back on junk food and eat more fresh, natural foods.

NYK on 12/02/2008 11:48:00 PM said...

Hi guys,

I think junk food is some times good,but most of the people like fresh and natural foods.

NYK

L.P.O

Anne @ Pink Galoshes on 1/09/2009 11:18:00 AM said...

Awesome post! We all have our vices. Hopefully people are forgiving!

Pierre-√Čtienne Vachon on 1/12/2009 01:25:00 PM said...

They are destined to die very young...

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K said...

tell me, which girl would like to go out or consider being with you,while you're eating like a caveman. I know that the way you chew and digest you're fast food is not the basis of a relationship being formed but common sense and decency prevails doesn't it?
i agree with the small article in the yellow box, when someone eating in front of me is eating like a fucking dog its a major turn off and mood pisser. How can a person judge you and "pass" the first test when you don't even pass the basic elements of hygiene and cleanliness. Might as well just go out with a bum you find on the steets or alleyways.

Naperville Restaurants on 1/20/2009 10:02:00 PM said...

well, i think i depends on what your eating.

ari on 1/24/2009 03:30:00 AM said...

i like your blog.. it's funny and unique

Anonymous said...

I think you're realling missing the point of this article. I'm fine with my date showing me his true side. If his true side is a guy who chews with his mouth open, then I won't be having a second date. It's that simple. And I expect him to have the same standards of me. Except, when my mom pestered me to chew with my mouth closed, I listened to her.

MacGaff on 1/27/2009 11:32:00 AM said...

Uck, at first I thought "I could love a junk foodie" but then I saw that picture.....



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Lito | JunkFoodie.Com on 1/30/2009 11:45:00 PM said...

That's a very funny picture you have there he he and a real turn-off. Looks like a lot of women here are offended by your post. And about being single, it depends on the "X" factor you have. I see some fine men and women who remained single for the rest of their lives.

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wine blog on 2/06/2009 04:14:00 AM said...

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Thanushka said...

You are right about one thing. Finding someone who can accept your faults and adore your goodness. That's precious! But talking mouthful is disgusting and totally take off the appetite! YAK! It's as same as you don't spit all over the road. It's the respect that we show to others. That's why all these good ethics are for. To show that we care. If you don't care why would someone else care about you?

Anonymous said...

Putting such a strong negative stigma on the state of being single really reflects poorly on you. You obviously are one of those stereotypical women who absolutely HAS to be in a relationship at all times. You have a boyfriend, whoever you can sink your hooks into, as a placeholder, until you can find mister right. Being single for me is more desireable than being in a relationship just for the sake of being in a relationship. It's sad that you try and assign value to someone based upon their relationship status.

Jen on 2/24/2009 04:49:00 AM said...

Your commenters seriously lack a sense of humor... Some may not get it, but there is a wiiiide range of behaviors between eating like a gentleman and being a disgusting slob.

Kitty said...

Totally. I mean, if the wifey wants you to spend your hard earned cash on her petty stuff, she better behave, amIrite?
Because it's not like she could have a job and earn some money herself. Whoa, totally ridiculous. What's next? Women wearing pants?

Fat phil on 3/12/2009 09:08:00 AM said...

As a gluttonous pig myself, I 100% agree with you, there's other fish in the sea! And damnit, I'm going to eat them!

Andrew Andrekopoulos said...

Why would would you date a Junk Foodie, unless you are one yourself.

Anonymous said...

Being a slob on your own time is one thing, but wasting the time of another person with your lazy habits and inability to act civilized in public is a disgrace. I'm sure your parents would agree, most of us were raised better than that.

cyberwicklow on 3/24/2009 09:09:00 AM said...

eh no? junk foodie girl + junk foodie guy = dirty junk food sex

Anonymous said...

It never fails: A man posits that a date is more than a guy trying to win a woman's favor, that it might just be a meeting where both parties are trying to have some fun and learn more about one another, and the majority of the comments are pushing back against the idea.

Aras on 3/30/2009 11:58:00 AM said...

Right on.

I gotta say there's a surprising number of bitchy comments here. Woes to their poor boyfriends!

seo website design on 4/07/2009 11:08:00 AM said...

Sitting at dinner listening to anyone (woman or man) talk about how they really shouldn't be eating this or that because it'll make them retain fat, or get clogged arteries, etc is enough to make anyone lose their appetite. There's more to bad manners than elbows on the table, or chewing with the lips apart.

Fort Lauderdake catering on 9/07/2010 03:59:00 AM said...

As funny as it may seem, but I do believe that if you keep an unhealthy lifestyle - like that of eating junk food most of the time - you will not be able to attract a good partner for you. It is either you get influenced by the other person's balanced diet or you drag him/her into your cravings with junk food. So instead of making an effort to get to know you more, there may be other people who might just decide to not be with your company at all.

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