Dining is an experience that many enjoy sharing with friends and family. If you're one of the people that believe that, then this new study might be of interest to you.

A new study by researchers from the University of Birmingham found that eating socially has a "powerful effect on increasing food intake," especially when compared to dining alone.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

As explained by the review, the phenomenon, known as social facilitation, is seen as a throwback to our early ancestors' approach to survival. Ancient hunter-gatherers shared food as a way to counter food insecurity.

This might still persist today for a number of reasons, including how eating with others is more enjoyable. The study also points to social norms that make it more acceptable to overeat when with a group instead of alone.

"People want to convey positive impressions to strangers. Selecting small portions may provide a means of doing so and this may be why the social facilitation of eating is less pronounced amongst groups of strangers," says research leader Dr. Helen Ruddock.

That doesn't mean you should quit your BFF meet-ups! After all, meeting up with your BFFs twice a week can actually help you live longer. Just practice restraint a bit of restraint (no need for a second slice of tiramisu, girl) and you'll be okay. 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Source: ScienceDaily

Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Recommended Videos
Comments

Latest Stories

John Lloyd and Bea Reunite for 'That Thing Called Tadhana' Live Script Reading

John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo took part in a live script reading of That Thing Called Tadhana.

The Exact Things You Need to Acquire a Multiple-Entry Schengen Visa!

Thanks to the updated Visa Code, the requirements are now clearer and more defined for visa applicants wishing to be granted multiple-entry.

Coronavirus Finally Gets An Official Name: COVID-19

After months of deliberation, the World Health Organization finally settles on a name.
Load More Stories