Food Choice Test
Food has always been tied to class. Silvia Bellezza and Jonah Berger at the University of Pennsylvania now believe they have a way to identify a person’s social class based on how they feel about certain foods. The results are not always what you would expect.
What do your food choices say about your social class? For each of the following dishes, indicate your feelings toward it below.
Question 1 of 35
How much would you like to eat:
Mac 'n Cheese
The IDRlabs Food Social Class Test (IDR-FSCT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-FSCT is based on a scientific paper, originally published in 2020, by Silvia Bellezza and Jonah Berger at the University of Pennsylvania. The IDR- FSCT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of behavioral psychology or any affiliated research institutions.
The IDRlabs Food Social Class Test was informed by Silvia Bellezza and Jonah Berger’s data-driven academic survey: Silvia Bellezza, Jonah Berger, Trickle-Round Signals (2020): When Low Status Is Mixed with High, Journal of Consumer Research, Volume 47, Issue 1, June 2020, Pages 100–127.
The work of Silvia Bellezza and Jonah Berger is carried out as an extension of a specific academic field of study attempting to connect people’s food choices to their social class. See, for example, Bourdieu, Pierre (1984), Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, trans. Richard Nice, Oxon, UK: Routledge. The present quiz or test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Food Social Class Test are independent of all of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.
The test is intended to be used for people who are typical, Western-style omnivores. The test does not purport to be accurate for vegans, vegetarians, or people with other dietary regimens.
This Food Social Class Test is based on a recent scientific research paper relating social status and class distinctions to food choices and the social signals embedded therein. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one rely solely on population-level correlations and cannot provide an accurate individual assessment of your personal socioeconomic background. As such, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive assessment of your social class and background, as related to your food choices, can be made only through your own research.
As the publishers of this free online Food Social Class Test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs of your class background as related to food choices, we have strived to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present Food Social Class Test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.