Most men feel strongly that women should split the bill on a date. Nearly half of men (44 percent) said that they would stop dating a woman who never shells out any money.
Over half (57 percent) of women claim they offer to help pay, but many women (39 percent) confessed they secretly hope men would reject their offers to pay. Nearly 44 percent of women were bothered when men expected women to help pay.
The study by Chapman University's David Frederick and colleagues from California State University and Wellesley College surveyed more than 17,000 participants.
Researchers found that consistent with conventional norms, most men (84 percent) and women (58 percent) reported that men pay for most expenses, even after dating for a while. A large majority of men (76 percent) reported feeling guilty accepting money from women.
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.
Around three-fourths (74 percent of men, 83 percent of women) reported some sharing of expenses by six months. The study was presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York.


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