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Do You Have #HangryEyes?
August 24, 2016
Hanger, the physiological love child of hunger and anger, is something that most of us have experienced. The effects of hanger can manifest in some entertaining ways, so naturally, the topic piqued our curiosity. Is this a real phenomenon? And how do diners feel about it?
Doing what Zagat does best, we polled the people and learned that 62% of Americans say they have experienced hanger. Of the 1,434 hangry respondents, common feelings include Irritability (60%), Impatience (50%), Light-headedness (31%), Whininess (20%), and Listlessness (12%). However, the tell-tale symptom of someone who is hangry is a term we’ve affectionately coined Hangry Eyes. We made a video inspired by this frustrating emotion — and by the music of the 1980’s.
When hangry, diners admit to having eaten too fast (58%), made a dining decision they regretted (45%), alienated a loved one (20%) and even been rude to a restaurant employee (12%). When the feeling arises, 61% say they are only somewhat or not at all in control of their bad behavior, with 30% in total control and 9% who aren’t even aware they are hungry until after they eat. If someone you know is hangry, respondents say the best thing to do is encourage them to eat/get them something to eat (63%).
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Posted by Tiffany Herklots, Zagat
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