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Paying on a first date

  1. Jul 14, 2015 #1
    Should a man pay on a first date or not? A discussion here on PF a few years ago did not really provide a clear answer. What do you guys think, pay or not to pay?
     
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  3. Jul 14, 2015 #2

    Orodruin

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    I do not think you can get a clear answer, it is dependent on a mountain of different variables from cultural background to personal preference. It is undoubtedly a good gesture to offer to pay, but the situation may not require that. If the woman insists on paying for herself, it is probably a bad idea to keep insisting on paying. If the woman insists on the man paying without the offer being made, the man should consider if that is really relationship material.
     
  4. Jul 14, 2015 #3
    So the general advice is to always pay if you are not sure? How about the fact that most first dates will not lead to a relationshiip? You'll keep on paying in that case right?

    Yes, I agree, although the last situation will happen unspoken.
     
  5. Jul 14, 2015 #4

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    I think this is something that must be left up to you and what you feel like doing. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to dating. As I said, offering to pay is a nice gesture. I do not think you can get more specific than that on a general basis.
     
  6. Jul 14, 2015 #5

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    The one who invited the other should pay.
     
  7. Jul 15, 2015 #6
    Is this an unwritten rule?
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2015
  8. Jul 15, 2015 #7

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    No, I just wrote it!
     
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