The study, now in its sixth edition, was conducted by Dr. Helen Fisher, noted biological anthropologist, and Dr. Justin R. Garcia of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University. The national survey collected data on the romantic lives of 5,504 singles between the ages of 18 and 70.
The full survey includes important observations on how American singles feel about politics, sex, exes, and what makes a great first date. According to Fisher and Garcia’s research, going out for sushi on the first date raises your chances of date No. 2 by 170 percent, and cocktails boost your odds by 137 percent — sorry, teetotalers.
“Sushi gets you to the second date because it’s sharing,” Dr. Fisher told CBS News. “It’s also expensive, which says something about you, and it’s also sophisticated.” The omega-3s in salmon and tuna, according to Fisher, also help circulation and alertness.
Although it’s not completely necessary, picking a relatively pricey first date spot also increases your chances of a second encounter, and a round of after-dinner drinks ups your probability by 59 percent.
Check out the complete data on Match’s Singles in America website.