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Who should pay on the first date?

Who should pay on the first date?
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The subject of who should pay for whom on the first date is still a matter of great debate.

Dating is usually stressful and it sometimes gets weirder when a waiter/waitress drops the check on a table.

In the past, the standard was the man always took care of the bill, but now that gender roles have radically changed, do the same old rules still apply?

Well, according to research, splitting the bill on a first date is the way to go. The study (conducted by OnePoll, on behalf of Bogle Winery) polled 2,000 Americans and found that 56% believe the bill should always be split on a first date.

As indicated in a recent edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette, the ‘official’ rule is as follows:

"The person who asks someone out on a date should pay no matter what the gender unless both parties agree in advance to share expenses."

This new dating norm may be because respondents state they have less disposable income when they're single. The study also points out that in 2022, women can make as much (if not more) as their male counterparts. In other words, it is recommended we put gender stereotypes to rest.

If this sounds confusing, welcome to dating in the 21st century.

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