Do you snoop in your hosts' bathroom cabinets? Do you play footsie at dinner parties under the table?
You might be surprised how many people do.
A new Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by the W Network paints a picture of how Canadians behave - or don't, as the case may be - at dinner parties.
The poll of more than 1,000 Canadians, released today ahead of the network's Nov. 1 launch of the new television program Come Dine With Me Canada, finds that one in five people admits to secretly poking around in the host's bathroom cabinets, with Saskatchewanians and Manitobans being the most likely to snoop. Around the same ratio has played footsie under the table.
It also reveals that 43 per cent would prefer a good meal to sex (although for British Columbians, the figure was 50 per cent), even though most Canadians are pretty carefree about what they serve when they're hosting. Forty-five per cent say they make up the menu as they go along, while only two per cent consult magazines when deciding on what to cook.
While the majority of Canadians are comfortable chatting about traditionally taboo subjects like money, sex and politics over dinner, 58 per cent prefer discussing current events. (Eight per cent say they prefer to gossip about friends who aren't present, so that's more reason not to turn down an invitation.) Quebeckers, though, are perhaps the most likely to bring up the topic of sex at a dinner party. Seventy-four per cent of respondents from that province say that's what they talk about, while 15 per cent say they've "hooked up" with a fellow guest, compared with 11 per cent of British Columbians who've done the same.
What dinner party mischief have you been up to?