How singles are swapping sex for food
Netflix and grill: spread Nutella, not your legs...
Too lazy to go out, many couples opt to stay in and “Netflix and chill”. This phenomenon entails two people cuddling up next to each other, turning on the television, and not watching the television because their tongues are in each other’s mouths.
However, many people are becoming tired of the casual hook up because, well, they’d rather have food.
Have you heard of bad sex? Yes. Have you ever heard of bad pizza? No. That’s why people nowadays would rather “Netflix and grill”: the act of watching Netflix and eating food, without worrying about a partner.
In a 2012 study conducted by Match and Today, it was revealed that one in three single people would rather give up sex for an entire year than their favourite food. More women chose food over sex (39%) than men (16%), and the top foods the survey’s participants claimed they couldn’t give up were chocolate and steak. (Watch out guys, Mr Mars and Mr Reese are replacing you.)
Perhaps we should blame the rise in technology for this new food-over-sex fad. On Instagram, there are over 125,000,000 posts with the hashtag #foodporn. We love to post pictures of our food. Whether you’re into gourmet, healthy, or expensive food, the desire to search for that Insta-worthy meal consumes all of us.
Personally, I have a great love affair with food. When I wake up in the morning, all I can think about is the breakfast sandwich and protein shake waiting for me downstairs. No matter if the sandwich is a classic PB&J or an alkaline avocado chicken panini, this tangy, medicinal breakfast satisfies my appetite through till lunch. For dinner, after all the snacks and treats consumed in between, it’s a feast of meat, dairy, grains, and (if my mum made dinner) vegetables. There’s always something to look forward to when you have your mind set on food.
While it’s a great feeling knowing that there’s someone else that loves to spend time with you and whose smile lights up your day (that’s why we have grandmas though), food plays a bigger role in relationships than we might think, and not just in the fun cover-each-other-in-whipped-cream type of way. Think about it, a common date consists of taking your significant other out to a nice dinner. After you bond over what food you are going to order, you invite your partner back to your home for wine and dessert. Food is even involved in sex sometimes.
I guess what I’m saying is, next time your significant other wants to “Netflix and chill”, why not shake things up and suggest a Netflix and krill with dill? They’ll love it.
- Dylan Rothschild
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