75 percent of millennials say they crave pizza more than any other food after a one-night stand. And science suggests wanting food versus wanting a cuddle comes down to gender.
If women like pillow talk after sex and men desire a nap, they are united by healthy post-coital cravings of cigarettes and Chinese takeout.
That’s according to long-standing gender tropes, facilitated by bad Hollywood movies and worse romance novels. The allure of smoking between the sheetspost-coitus has been a fixture in films and on television for so long that it has hardened into cliché. (When was that last time you reached for a pack of Marlboros after collapsing in orgasm?)
It’s a rare thing to find a sitcom that hasn’t riffed on these stereotypes: a woman whispering sweet nothings to her male partner, only to have the camera pan out, revealing that he’s drifted to sleep, satisfied and disinterested.
But if a new Yelp survey is to be believed—and one can’t help but take it with a chunk of salt—young people these days exhaust themselves in bed with a “summer fling” and reach for the... pizza.
Of the 2,000 single and sex-hungry millennials who participated in the survey, 75 percent of them said they crave pizza more than any other food after a one-night stand. Coming in a “distant” second: the after-sex taco. (The survey results also concluded that pizza was “the top food favorite that make millennials most attractive,” whatever that means.)
It’s worth noting that our bodies produce chemicals that make us feel buoyant and giddy during the infatuation phase of a relationship, so that we may actually have less of an appetite for food after a one-night stand.
That may not fit Yelp’s food narrative, but there is a body of academic literature on why men and women behave like different species after having sex—and why we crave certain things.
The authors found that women in both short- and long-term relationships placed greater importance on post-coital behaviors related to “intimacy and bonding,” like cuddling and “professing their love.” Men, on the other hand, were more likely to engage in “extrinsically rewarding” behaviors, like fixing a drink or making a sandwich.
In short: Women want to get closer to the man in her bed, while men went to make sure they can get back into the very same bed, for a future bout of sweaty sex.