I was re-visiting some early 30 Rock this past weekend and came across this gem:
Now, to be clear, getting your dating advice from sitcoms is generally a good way to stay alone, but this totally checks out.
A study by sociologist Michael Rosenfeld from Stanford University shows that for heterosexual couples in the U.S. the old norms of meeting partners through friends, co-workers, family, and in college, have gone down in favor of meeting online. The only old method that’s held steady is meeting people at bars and restaurants.
Most often those encounters begin with a simple offer: “Can I get you a drink?”
First off, the women I’m friends with buy their own drinks. But if you’re the sort of guy whose MO is to buy drinks for strangers, why NOT switch to buying fries?
Show her you’ve got a great sense of humor when you yell to the bar-back, “Get this pretty girl a basket of fries… on ME.”
Let her know you think outside the box by doing something different.
Show her you’re not a creep by getting her something tasty rather than trying to get her drunk.
Find out if she’s a sharer by pushing half toward her and pulling half toward yourself without breaking eye contact to make sure she’s not picking from the wrong pile.
And if she’s been drinking, hitting the dance floor, and standing all night, she’s probably gonna be hungry anyway.
Besides, I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who once said, “Show me how a woman eats and I will show you her soul.” 😉
Ed note: Lincoln most definitely did not say this.