Vegetarian Singles vs. BBQ Singles

Are you having trouble looking for dates with high I.Q.s and great bodies? Well, all you have to do is a search on your favorite online dating site for the word “vegetarian.” Yup, that’s it, one simple search for vegetarian singles and you easily narrow down the gene pool to the hottest and brightest. What’s that? You think I’m full of crap? Well ok, this might be a little controversial but hear me out and let me tell you about my not so scientific research.

So there I was poking around my favorite free online dating site,, when I stumble upon a little known component of the Plenty of Fish dating site. Buried in it’s advertising section is a page in which you get a demographic breakdown of members based on the interests listed in peoples dating profiles. Yea I know, if you’re a stats junkie like me this is a pretty sweet find.

Naturally, my curiosity got the best of me and I started plugging stuff in. For some reason the word “zombies” popped into my head and figured that was as good a place to start my search as any. This search brings up a whole statistical breakdown from gender, income ranges, education, marital status, height, body type and even drinking ability.

So lets see, people who are interested in zombies are mostly: males, making less than $25,000 a year, are big and tall/BBW, and drink more than 3 times a week. Awesome!

You might imagine how much fun you could have with this thing just plugging in random weird crap. For instance, did you know that people interested in necrophilia have a 300% divorce rate? Who would have thought that?!

Despite my juvenile usage of this neat Internet tool, I decided to put my mind to better use.

Recently I had an argument with a friend of mine which I declared that the overall population of vegetarian females was hotter than the overall population of omnivores. It was a heated debate and my friend being anti-vegetarian for some reason refused to believe my theory. In addition, I wrote a post a few weeks ago about how vegetarian dating should be one of the categories in which to filter potential dates by.

However, now I have a chance to somewhat prove my point. I did searches with the Plenty of Fish demographic tool for interests involving the words vegetarian and barbecue. I figured people don’t write “omnivore” or “carnivore” in their interests section so I had to go with a more round about word, thinking that a majority of people who like “barbecue” are big meat eaters.

I plugged all the data from my searches into a nifty spreadsheet, made some graphs and this is what I got:

So as I suspected, a large majority of vegetarians are female, which shouldn’t be much of surprise to anyone. Of course, men are all about the BBBQ’s. For those Simpsons fans out there, you know what the extra “B” stands for.

The education level is certainly interesting, showing more vegetarians with higher levels of education. I’m not sure if this means that smart people are deciding to take better care of their bodies or whether eating a vegetarian diet makes you smarter. Either way there seems to be some correlation there.

Of course this was the graph I was most interested in. You see, I’m a bit of a drinker myself and it’s important to me that I can drag my female dates out to my favorite watering holes with me. Even when I’m browsing chicks on the Plenty of Fish site, I tend to filter by drinking habits… is that wrong? Anyways, I’m a little disappointed to see that a large majority of the vegetarians on the site don’t drink at all. Is there such a thing as being too healthy? Although, I suppose you could always use your date as a designated driver…

Last but not least, the characteristic that I’m sure most guys filter in their online dating searches is body type. Come on now, don’t lie fellas, we know what’s up. According to this chart, if you like thin, then you’ll love dating vegetarian singles.

So there’s your Online Dating Stats 101 course for the day.  That is all.

5 thoughts on “Vegetarian Singles vs. BBQ Singles

  1. I'm vegetarian, non-drinker, non-smoker, thin and female. I fit this filter. I've noticed most men on Plentyoffish look like dumpster-diving fatties. Most are less well-educated than on other dating sites (overall). Either that, or I'm using the wrong filters, or they have a large prison following or I don't know what. Please post again on this topic, showing women the categories on POF where the hot, educated, athletic looking guys are. Thanks.

  2. Hey, I’ve enjoyed your blog, I find this stuff interesting.

    Have you seen ok cupid’s blog? They run all sorts of analysis on their profiles and photos to see what works and doesn’t, and then post the results. It’s amazing.

  3. I have seen the Ok Cupid blog, called OkTrends, and you are right it is some amazing stuff.

    I’ve always wondered why more dating sites, given their access to tons of information and data, didn’t do more analysis and give helpful public reports on it. I wish Markus at PlentyofFish would do something like these guys.

  4. I’m male and have been veggie for decades. (and nondruggie “forever”)
    It didn’t help.
    fwiw, I’m still thin, but now too old to be athletic. based on my experiences, I’d assume I’m too thin to be “hot”.

    I recall at least one site where imaginative search words produced entertaining results.
    but I never attempted sociological stat analysis.

  5. I think it’s totally true to say hotter girls tend to be vegetarian, because, as you say, they tend to be thinner and more health conscious. There are plenty of dating websites aimed at exactly that niche, (including my own, ahem), and they’re a great place to meet such girls.

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