The Most Popular Place to Go on a First Date (Not What You’d Expect)

Most Popular PlaceIt’s a com­mon prob­lem that plagues both age gap dat­ing and even more con­ven­tional singles—where should you go on the first date? If you’ve ever strug­gled with this ques­tion, you’re prob­a­bly not the only one.

Luck­ily for you, a new sur­vey con­ducted by a dat­ing app may have just solved this peren­nial age gap dat­ing prob­lem. The app allows users to pick a loca­tion where they’d like to meet their date for the first time, and after ana­lyz­ing data col­lected from 200,000 users of vary­ing ages, it revealed that the most pop­u­lar loca­tion for a first date is Star­bucks. It’s not bad a bad option—casual, laid­back, and a lit­tle classier than your aver­age cof­fee shop. The sur­vey also revealed that women gen­er­ally pre­fer to have a first date at a cof­fee shop, while men pre­fer a restau­rant. That’s def­i­nitely some­thing to keep in mind.

While these find­ings are inter­est­ing, we have to say that the results would prob­a­bly be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent if the sur­vey was focus­ing just on age gap dat­ing. There’s noth­ing wrong with a casual cof­fee date at Star­bucks, but a lot of younger women who date suc­cess­ful, mature men are look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more lav­ish. They expect to be swept off their feet, and Star­bucks might not do the trick. Again, a cof­fee date is fine, but we’re think­ing some­thing along the lines of a posh café—it’s like Pizza Hut ver­sus a fine Ital­ian bistro.

We could be wrong, but tell us what you think. If you were going on a first date with a rich, older man, would you be dis­ap­pointed if he took you to Star­bucks, or would you be per­fectly OK with it?


Stam­pler, L., “This Is The Most Pop­u­lar Place to Have a First Date,” TIME web site, April 7, 2015;

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About Isabella

I was never patriotic, so when Independence Day came, the last thing on my mind was to go out and celebrate. I was bored and I was lonely, and though they weren’t my normal crowd, thesse girls were friends and family members who I grew up with. But Diana had her man, Marsha had hers, and my cousin Lisa had her own. I was the only one who was single and my taste was just too high; the kind of men they dated did not appeal to me. I wanted the executive, the entrepreneur. I was 22 and unhappy about my life. I yearned to be in a relationship; I felt I had so much to give a man, and yet I was single. My friends and I waited for cab and I was still second-guessing whether or not I really wanted to go out. While we were waiting, an older looking gentleman driving a blue pick-up truck drove up to us. As he slowed, he said, “Don’t move. I’m coming right back!” He drove off, leaving a trail of his cologne, as he sped away to drop off the construction workers sitting in the back of the truck. Literally moments later, he came back, stopped in front of us, asked us where we were going, and told us to get in. It turns out his name was Keith. After Keith dropped us off, I realized I didn’t want to stay and asked him to take me back to where he picked us up from. He turned, looked at me, and said, “You were the reason why I picked you all up. I wanted to get to know you. So, I’m happy you decided to leave with me.”