And in 2006, more than 50 percent of singles surveyed said coffeehouses were the ideal meeting place for first dates, according to a Strategy One survey sponsored by Starbucks.
What does the shift away from the more traditional dinner-and-a-movie and toward the relatively quick, easy, and cheap coffeehouse date reveal about changes in American dating culture?
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And after your meal, take a stroll (HHWW of course — holding hands while walking) in the manicured gardens or visit their gift shop and bakery for items to bring home. One of the few places in the city that offers a great deal (imagine a comfortable stay for only 2k for two, breakfast included) and you can indulge in relaxing activities such as an hour of massage or a dip in the pool.
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"People are moving to a more casual way of doing things," says Paul Hollander, a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in a phone interview.
Venues like coffeehouses "allow people to meet in very quick and superficial ways," he says, adding, "It's part of a larger trend toward a more superficial kind of dating."But in an era of online dating, where singles are sometimes confronted with an overwhelming array of options, coffeehouses are simply a pragmatic way to sift through mates, says Beverly Thompson, assistant professor of sociology at Siena College in Loudonville, N.
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