Recently we asked 925 single women "Would you go out on a date with someone whom you knew was unemployed?" We received the following responses then made the results public, inspiring a number of popular media sites to join the conversation.
A survey of over 750 single men and women by professional dating service It's Just Lunch debunks the myth of women being uptight flower-mongers and the men they're dating ambivalent tools, in the process illuminating just how mutual the holiday really is for many couples. Rather than the dude taking it upon himself to plan the special day, 54% believe that the couple should plan the date together. Flowers remained prevalent on the wish list--43% of men believed a bouquet to be the best Valentine's Day gift compared to the women's 30% (after which falls chocolate at 5.2%, and lingerie at 1.6%). In fact, a larger percentage of women said the best gift would be a certificate for an activity that both parties can enjoy together.
A national singles survey conducted by It's Just Lunch, a personalized matchmaking service for busy professionals, revealed a number of interesting trends on dating preferences and expectations for single men and women on Valentine's Day. Men believed that flowers remain a Valentine's Day staple, with 43% of male respondents saying a bouquet is the best gift. However, women answered quite differently- almost 38% said that the best gift is a certificate for an activity that a couple can enjoy together. In fact, only 30% of women thought flowers were the best Valentine's Day gift. "Women want to be able to share an experience with a potential partner," said Irene LaCota, a spokesperson for It's Just Lunch. "Flowers are always a thoughtful gift, but an experience two people can share together helps build a foundation for future dates."
On the surface, it is just a casual lunch date in the middle of the day. No pressure. After dabbling in online dating with no luck, Sam Scafford, 55, saw an advertisement for It's Just Lunch and decided to give it a whirl. He was interviewed to reveal likes, dislikes, preferences and details about past relationships. "We listen to what the client is describing to us as who they feel would be an appropriate match for them and then we use our judgment as a matchmaker to set up a first date for them," says Amy Brinkman, franchise owner of It's Just Lunch.
“Men believed that flowers remain a Valentine’s Day staple, with 43 percent of male respondents saying a bouquet is the best gift. However, women answered quite differently — almost 38 percent said that the best gift is a certificate for an activity that a couple can enjoy together. In fact, only 30 percent of women thought flowers were the best Valentine’s Day gift,” the Feb. 7 PR Newswire ‘It’s Just Lunch Dating Survey Debunks Valentine’s Day Myths’ said.
A survey by the dating company It's Just Lunch found some surprising results that reveal men and women may view Valentine's Day a bit differently.
The survey found while 43% of men thought flowers were the best gift to give on the 14th, only 30% of women thought a bouquet was the best gift. Instead, 38% of the women said they would prefer a gift certificate for an activity the two could share together.
"Time-crunched professionals in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia can make the most of their midday break by signing up with It’s Just Lunch. The pros take care of the compatibility question, scheduling and restaurant reservations; you just show up with an appetite and an open mind”
Matchmakers Say Singles Should Celebrate Unattached Status
If you don't have a husband or wife at home, you should be celebrating this week. The third full week of September has been dedicated to Americans who are unmarried and single. Whether you've never been married, are divorced, or widowed this week is all about you.
The goal of 'Unmarried Singles Americans Week' is to celebrate and recognize solo Americans. New census figures shows unmarried Americans are a big part of the population, and those who work with singles locally say more and more a unattached by choice.
"I think it`s great to recognize it. I think people have put it as like it`s a negative," said `It`s Just Lunch` Senior Director Gayle Marie Jones.
Jones makes a living hooking people up. But she thinks taking time to celebrate life as a single is important too.
"Appreciate being who you are, you learn a lot about yourself, when you are single and you`re meeting different people," said `It`s Just Lunch` Senior Director Gayle Marie Jones.
Jones says the clients she works with are happy with their lives and just aren't interested in wasting their time.
"People are getting married later in life and if it doesn't work out and they`re not happy, they`re not staying together," said Jones.
In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau stats on singles in America may surprise you.
There are 99 million unmarried Americans 18 and older, 61 percent of adults have never been married. And there are 88 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women.
We found a bunch of unmarried Dallas residents eager to give their two cents on their week of recognition.
'It`s good not being in drama, and just being by yourself, it`s better than being with somebody else," said Unmarried Dallas resident Paulina Quintero.
"So does that mean I can go out and buy a new pair of shoes this week, celebrate?" said Unmarried Dallas resident Amy Baumiller.
Jones says it's great to have a special week, but the best thing thing to do is just keep living life.
" I think it`s just a matter of being single and enjoy it, embrace it," said Jones.
So if you're single, go treat yourself to something nice. It's your week. It ends on Saturday.