You meet your new Tinder match for dinner, you both self-consciously order something small with only one beverage, and you end up spending the next hour or two totally hitting it off -- all the while not ordering any additional food or drink. If that sounds familiar, you might be the kind of customer restaurants have grown to hate in recent years, thanks to the rise of online dating.
With Tinder reportedly responsible for creating as many as 1.3 million dates per week alone, the sharp increase in blind dates resulting from such sites and services is having a big effect on restaurants' bottom lines, and in some cases, changing the way restaurants operate, according to a report by The Washington Post.
As you may have guessed by now, first dates consisting of little food and only a couple of drinks can sometimes be bad for business, especially when that valuable table you're sitting at could have gone to a party that orders appetizers, entrees, and much more than the single beer you end up nursing for an hour. Restaurants, after all, want to make money.