Consequently, I became curious about this behavior and decided to delve a bit deeper into the inclination, or lack thereof, to share food. For me, whether or not I share my food depends largely on two things: who wants it and how much I value the food item. If asked for a taste of my food, I will consider transferring a small portion of my food to the plate of a close friend and occasionally a relative. Long-term romantic partners are allowed to take food directly from my plate, but only with permission. When it comes to a high value food item, all bets are off and I am less willing to share with anyone. High value foods include very expensive items, those that are delicious but come in a meager portion, and absolute favorites.
Some people love to share food, essentially having nonexistent food boundaries. Some people like to share your food, but not their own. And still others (like yours truly) are not big fans of sharing at all. For example, not so long ago, I went on a date and, while in the restroom, the meals arrived at the table. Upon returning to my seat, I discovered that almost half of my dinner had already been eaten—by my date! With what must have appeared to be a classic Scooby-doo expression, I just looked at him confused, to which he responded by saying, “It’s delicious, and you’re going to love it!” Huh? Clearly, my date and I fell on very different ends of the spectrum when it came to sharing food.