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25th Mar 2024

People are testing their partners with tiny portions on TikTok

Anna Martin

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How would you react if someone gave you a tiny portion?

There are only two ways it can really go; that’s fine or sheer, gut-wrenching disappointment.

So, why are people purposely doing this to themselves and filming for the sake of TikTok videos?

The tiny portion trend

@andy.and.michelle He didn’t think twice about it 😭 IB: @Izzyandlooney #andyandmichelle #couple #Relationship #relatable ♬ original sound – Andy & Michelle

One TikTok couple, Andy and Michelle (@andy.and.michelle), has been dubbed the “biggest green flag ever”.

“Babe. What is that?” he asked. “Why do you have so little? That’s like five per cent of what I have”.

“That’s all we had left,” Michelle responded, prompting her boyfriend to switch their plates around.

“You eat to your heart’s content,” he told her. “You eat until you’re full, you’re full after two to three bites. Eat as much as you want and then I’ll have yours.”

Of course, the comments were full of people cooing over the couple, praising Andy for being such a ‘green flag”.

However, not every couple has passed the test with flying colours.

Another TikTok couple, Zach and Hailee, posted a similar video of what happened when they tried the trend.

Zach continued to eat his food only asking his either half “Why did you give me so much? Why didn’t you split it up evenly?”

So why are people doing this?

portion sharing tiktok
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It’s quite simple really, people just want to see if their partner cares enough to share their food with them.

Though it may sound a bit goofy on paper, there is a reason why the act of handing over half your sandwich makes your other half so happy.

“When we share food, it shows trust — it shows we’re willing to give up some of our resources, and it shows we want to get close with someone,” said Omri Gillath, professor of psychology at the University of Kansas.

“Think about the psychological aspect of comfort food. When people are feeling down, when they’re upset, when they’re stressed, food is a source of comfort.

“We think in part this is because of the connection between food and love.”

Food sharing only becomes more important when people find themselves in crisis situations and can even help to boost people’s moods.

“Not having food and feeling insecure about the whole situation is definitely going to increase mental health issues – whereas having food and having people looking out for you can not only keep people from starving but also potentially help with their mental health and anxieties,” the professor continued.

“It is in times like these when we need to find a way to come together, reduce anxiety and help each other out. Making people feel secure can help with that.”

Admittedly, sitting at the kitchen table with a camera in front of you doesn’t really qualify as a crisis but you get the picture.