When your friend sends you an email and tells you she’s planning on spending the weekend at the marco island restaurant, your response may be “no, but…”
You might think your friend is trying to lure you into a trap, but she might be in fact trying to save your butt, thanks to a new study.
A new study by the University of Texas at Austin found that when someone sends you a tweet and says she’s coming to the marcos island restaurant for a night, you might be surprised to hear that she has no plans to go.
“We found that, even when a friend invites you to the restaurant, she might not know what the actual menu looks like and that you are more likely to respond with ‘no, thanks,'” study author Sarah Coyle said in a statement.
“This could be an advantage when trying to avoid temptation or get someone’s attention, like when you want to avoid spending the night in a restaurant with someone you’re not intimate with.”
Coyle and her colleagues also found that a friend’s willingness to invite a friend into a restaurant is related to how likely she is to give you a reason to go there.
“When people say they want to go to the Marco Island restaurant, their social cues may signal to them that the restaurant is attractive and desirable,” the researchers wrote.
So, if your friend has a social circle, she may want to invite you to her favorite place.
However, when it comes to whether you are likely to go, Coyle says the data is mixed.
For example, a friend may not be able to convince you that the Marcos Island restaurant is “a good place for a romantic night out.”
Instead, she could say, “No thanks, I’ll go to my favorite place on the island.”
But if your friends is more likely than not to want to spend the night, they may want you to go because the restaurant “is popular with couples,” she said.
“I think there is a general feeling among friends that if you go to a romantic restaurant, it should be an exciting experience for them, so they will go and maybe spend a night together,” Coyle told ABC News.