Some restaurants these days are using psychology to encourage you to spend more money. They may also study your behavior so that they can tweak their menu, lighting, music, and other factors. But how you eat can also showcase your personality, and psychologists say that your restaurant behavior can be revealing.
- Fast eaters. These people are beloved by restaurants, because they maximize the use of their tables. Even when they’re in a group and they’re already done eating while others are still halfway, it’s still good for the restaurant. They may be tempted to order more. Fast eaters are generally goal-oriented and ambitious folks. They’re open to new experiences, although unsurprisingly they’re also often a bit impatient. If you’re a fast eater, just make sure you don’t eat too fast. That can lead to weight gain and other health risks.
- Slow Eaters. On the other hand, slow eaters are the ones who usually end up last to eat their meals. If this describes you, then you’re probably someone who is confident and who likes to be in control. You also know how to enjoy life in general, since you’re savoring your meal. Some restaurants may not like how slowly you eat, but there’s an upside. Often you’re more appreciative of the meal. So tell your server how you enjoyed the meal, tip well, and tell them you’ll leave a good review online. They’ll appreciate it.
- Picky eaters. These are the ones who don’t really like new types of food and they’re often very exacting on how their food is prepared. This is you if you’re a person who makes it a habit to ask servers about whether a dish can be served with dressing on the side, or if it can go without the sauce. If this is how your date eats, then perhaps they haven’t yet outgrown the likes and dislikes they’ve formed since childhood. These people tend to be more anxious, and they may be a bit neurotic too.
- Adventurous eaters. These are the ones who are always ready for a new dish. In the restaurant, they’re risk-takers and thrill-seekers. And they’re probably that way too outside the restaurant. This is a good thing when it comes to dining, and restaurants will love you for this attitude too. Just make sure that you rein in your tendency to push others into trying out new things like you. Not everyone’s meant to be explorers like you. But usually, your friends will appreciate your willingness to try new things. If you say a new dish is good, then they may try it out too.
- One at a time eaters. These are the people who are used to having food courses. They eat one food at a time, and then they turn to the next one without returning to a prior dish. Often, you even leave equal space to each food item on your plate. Sometimes you may even insist on putting just one food item on your plate first. That means if this is you, that you’re very methodical and task-oriented. You always think things through, and you’re attentive to details. You’re very careful about most things and very disciplined, although there’s a touch of stubbornness there as well.
- Multitasking eaters. These are the ones who put different food items on their plates without caring if they’re overlapping or if the sauces are mixing. These people are generally more of a free spirit, and they tend to multitask a lot. These are down-to-earth folks who tend to take it easy while trying to try everything that comes their way. Of course, there’s still some discipline in you if you fit in this category. That’s good. But you also know that extreme rigidity isn’t always good. Sometimes you have to relax, and you’re the person who knows when to stop and take a breather. You may be a multitasking worker, but you do know your limits.
- The food pile eaters. So you pile up your food on your plate? You’re probably a creative type. You tend to seek out unique experiences, and that means the people you dine with tend to view each meal with you as memorable events. You’re like to think outside the box, since when you dine you’re not so constrained by rules about how food should be separated. So you’re also more comfortable in thinking up ways to present things in different ways.
Creative diners like these set their priorities depending on their feelings and how they make others feel. They’re not limited by mere logic, and many chefs agree with this kind of attitude. After all, if eating is only about nourishment, then restaurants would go out of business!