I have had two students in the last few weeks come up with some comments about Diet Coke that are interesting.
One student, a flight attendant for a major airlines, mentioned in my Psych class that she and the other flight attendants have discovered an interesting phenomenon. Shortly before the long haul flights land (she flies the US to Europe routes), there is a sudden rash of orders for Diet Coke (not regular Coke) by American passengers. These same people didn’t drink a single soda, let alone a diet drink, the entire trip. Most drank wine or beer or mixed drinks the entire flight - but they all want a Diet Coke as the last beverage of the trip. Few non-Americans order one at the end of their flight.
The other student, a waitress at a popular restaurant in Las Vegas, mentioned that whenever there are people at a table ordering Coke and Diet Coke, the Diet Coke drinkers will always ask for a minimum of three refills, and the regular Coke drinkers will seldom, if ever, ask for a refill.
My own theory is that non-Americans on the flights don’t order Diet Coke as it is not as popular in other countries - at least it isn’t in Germany…then again, what is sold as Diet Coke in Germany is truly horrible. Also, I think Americans have begun to treat Diet Coke almost as a palate cleaner…sort of a neutralizer of sorts.
However, I have to admit the waitress has a point - I always drink Diet Coke and am constantly asking for refills, but now that she mentions it, only my fellow Diet Coke drinkers and I are asking for them, and seldom the regular Coke drinkers. I have no explanation for that, but the comment hit home.
Anybody else find what these two women have noted to be true? And if so, any theories about why?