Unsharable Foods: The Top Foods We’re Reluctant to Share
Some people like sharing food, some only want to share yours, and others don’t enjoy sharing. When dining with someone and they take some of your fries without asking, many of us react with discomfort. For some, it can trigger an instinctive protective response. Sharing food can be seen as an intimate act, and it’s not always well-received.
A survey of 2,000 people, commissioned by KFC and conducted by OnePoll, uncovered that 49 percent of people find it annoying when someone takes food from their plate without permission. Moreover, 27 percent dislike the expectation of splitting meals and trying a bit of everyone’s dishes.
The survey also revealed that more than 10 percent of adults firmly refuse to share their food, considering it a significant annoyance when friends sneak bites from their plates. When dining out, 53 percent experience “food envy,” wishing they had ordered what someone else is enjoying, and nearly a quarter admit to succumbing to temptation and requesting a taste.
Top Foods We Don’t Want to Share
Fries are among the top four foods that people are most reluctant to share, closely followed by pizza, ice cream, and chocolate. Some people take sharing food a bit more seriously with 16 percent physically intervening to prevent someone from taking their food. Another 29 percent would rather purchase a separate meal for someone than share their own. Fifteen percent have even had actual arguments when someone took their fries after claiming not to be hungry.
On the other hand, 27 percent admit to secretly snagging fries from another person’s plate, while only 27 percent consistently allow others to sample their meal.
According to the survey, people are least willing to share with coworkers, friends, and siblings. Although 18 percent do share their food, it’s often driven by a sense of politeness rather than genuine willingness.
Check out the full study here.