Online dating has exploded in popularity over the past 10 years.
Once seen as a rather nerdy, even desperate way to meet a potential partner (or, let’s face it, a less than wholesome means of finding a sexual encounter) – the industry has now become a much more acceptable way of finding love.
However, it may just be that Kiwis have beef with the ultimatum itself rather than with the vegetarian lifestyle.
It turns out, if asked nicely by a vegetarian partner, nearly half of Kiwi meat eaters (47%) would be prepared to try going at least semi-vegetarian.
The easiest places for vegetarian dating are Germany on 30%, Finland on 31%, and Spain, where a whopping 37% would rather date a non meat eater; making Spain número uno for vegetarians in search of love.
Interestingly, vegetarians and meat eaters both have (surprisingly similar) worries about the downsides of inter-diet dating.
This includes 28% who would try and avoid meat in front of their partner and 19% who would give it up entirely.
of Kiwi veggies would insist that a partner follow their meat-free example.
One of the more startling insights to come out of the survey was the revelation that, if forced to choose, many Kiwis would opt for lamb and loneliness over lentils and love.
Indeed, 68% of meat eaters in NZ would dump a vegetarian who confronted them with an ultimatum along the lines of ''.'' What's more, the prospect of facing just such an ultimatum is enough to put several Kiwi meat eaters off of vegetarian dating: 16% think that the threat of attempted conversion is the number one reason not to date a vegetarian.