There was a time when who handled what on a date was fairly straight forward. However, modern dating conventions have led to shifting mindsets, as one study shows.
A study by the American Sociological Association found that 64 per cent of men believed that women should contribute to dating expenses, but 76 per cent felt guilty about accepting women’s money. Moreover, most couples agree that in a long-term relationship, sharing financial responsibility is an important quality, so the problem is figuring out when that should start:
In terms of behaviour, even if men are paying a larger proportion of expenses, 4 in 10 men and women agreed that dating expenses were at least partially shared within the first month, and roughly three-fourths (74 per cent of men, 83 per cent of women) reported some sharing of expenses by six months
So, how do you handle the problem? Do you have any expectations that your partner will help pay for dates? At what point do you begin to share financial responsibility for outings?