For example, if you offer to pay even if the other person invited you, then maybe that shows your generosity or maybe your stance on traditional dating values.Never offering to pay might show a lack of consideration for the other person or possibly strict traditional values.In one study, 72% of men had been on a date where the woman paid, and 76% of women daters footed the bill at least once also (Lottes, 1993). Then I asked my friends, “How long do men generally pay for dates if the relationship continues?” The responses varied on this question but the most common response was that men paid for dates for about 2-3 months before the bills were more evenly if not equally split.A few had relationships where men paid for almost all of the dates.What I really think is that it doesn’t matter who pays for a date, but behaviors can bring more insight into the kind of person you, or your date, are.In the 1980’s, men and women both expected gender differentiated roles on dates.Paying for dates was generally considered a masculine behavior.
Although men were still generally expected to plan and pay for dates, women who paid for dates became much more common.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been asking my friends (both men and women) who paid and who should pay for first dates.
Almost everyone said men in their experience paid for first dates, although most of my women friends added that they reached for the wallet and offered to chip in.
The one person who didn’t say “men” said that whoever asked for the date paid (or at least ) for the date.
I looked into the research more to see how dating has changed in the past few decades.
And if neither person offers to pay for the whole bill, perhaps it’s a statement that the date is more platonic than romantic.