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30 October 2017, 13:21
We're not sure how we feel about this.
It's a big topic of conversation between couples and partners alike - would YOU share your dinner in a restaurant with your significant other?
As in, your actual plate of food. The dish that YOU ordered.
Some people are quite happy to pick and trade off of each others plates, so YES they'll say - help yourself!
Whilst others are very much of the opinion that a dish ordered is a dish kept, so they'll utter a resounding NO - sharing is not an option.
Let's just pause here to reflect on THAT episode of First Dates, where a young lad was left abandoned in the restaurant after his date realised he was not a sharer.
WATCH: First Dates 'Princess' Requests To Eat Food Off Date's Plate:
If you've found yourself in a relationship where the latter happens, listen closely, because it is NOT a good sign! Apparently we should be more sharing and caring where food is concerned, as it allows a deeper bond to develop between two people and is deemed an affectionate gesture.
A study by the Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences, documented the behaviour in chimpanzees, and noticed that levels of the hormone Oxytocin rose dramatically when they gave and received food, suggesting that they were getting a strong sense of satisfaction from sharing - and therefore more likely to reproduce together.
Oxytocin is commonly linked to a mother-child bonding scenario, and also found in solid relationships and very close friendships.
The study reads: "Long-lasting cooperative relationships have also been referred to as strong social bonds, which are characterized by high rates of cooperative behaviours, such as grooming and food sharing...there is evidence that individuals who maintain such cooperative relationships have more offspring than those who do not."
The study adds that "In the end, the word ‘companion’, (Lat.: com [=with], panis [=bread]) may be more literal than previously thought."
(We had NO idea that was the literal translation of the word.)
Despite the fact that there's actual science backing this theory up, we're still not convinced - 'hanger' is a VERY powerful emotion!
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