Research by Kniffin and Wansink measured the amount of jealousy reported by current romantic partners if one of them were contacted by an ex lover and subsequently engaged in several food- and drink-based activities.

“We consistently found that meals elicit more jealousy than face-to-face interactions that do not involve eating — such as having coffee,” Kniffin said. “These results are consistent for both men and women.”
For couples who are attuned to relationship risks, this study suggests that men and women who “do lunch” run the risk of a jealous spouse or partner at home.

“It’s key to remember that from your spouse’s perspective, it’s not ‘just lunch.’ While meals can strengthen social relationships, they can also destroy them,” Wansink said. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write an arugment between two characters after one of them has had lunch with an ex.

Journaling Prompt: If you have an ex, write about how you balance that relationship with your current relationship.

Art Prompt: Lunch with an Ex

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about strategies for balancing past and present relationships.

Photo Credit: Hornbeam Arts on Flickr

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