Inflation Is Affecting Some People’s Dating Lives

Things are certainly more expensive lately thanks to inflation, and apparently all these rising prices is having an effect on some people’s love lives. A new LendingTree survey finds:

  • 77% of singles say having more money would make dating easier.
  • 83% of men say having more money would help their dating life, while 73% of women say the same.
  • But 32% of adults say they’d still go on a date even if they couldn’t afford it.
  • That’s true for 36% off men and 30% of women.
  • 19% of singles admit they’ve been going on fewer dates because of inflation.
  • While 14% are just trying to spend less when they go out on a date.
  • 4% say they are more selective about who they go on dates with because of inflation. 

Of course, some simply won’t let money stop them from dating.

  • Overall, 85% of people say they’ve gone into some sort of debt because of their dating habits.
  • That’s more likely the case for Millennials (22%) and Gen Z (19%)

As for how much people are spending on dates…

  • $91 is the average most people will spend on a first date.
  • Although the most men are more likely to spend, on average, is $104, and women would spend, on average $81.
  • But apparently you don’t really need to spend money at all, since 85% off daters say it’s totally okay to take someone on a date that didn’t cost money.
  • Although women are more likely than men to be offended if someone took them on a date that didn’t cost anything (15% vs. 9%).

Of course there’s always the question of who should pay for the first date to begin with.

  • 44% of people say that in a heterosexual relationship the man should always pay on the first date.
  • Although 54% of men say this should be the case, compared to 36% of women.
  • 29% of people believe whoever asked the other on a date should pay.
  • 22% of people think the cost of the date should be split. 

Source: LendingTree

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