Who Should Pay on the First Date?

I was recently out to dinner with a friend, when she started talking about how a mutual friend of ours had gone on a first date. Seeing as this was prime dinner conversation, I proceed to ask the typical question—where did they meet? Does she like him? Who paid for dinner? As old fashion as this sounds, I believe if a guy is truly interest in pursuing a relationship with you, he will pay for the first date. To my surprise, they had gone Dutch for their first date. My friend insisted that my beliefs were outdated and that by splitting the check on the first date, each party does not “owe” their date anything. Her justification of splitting the check really hit me, has dating become so tainted that if a guy or girl pays for dinner, their date somehow owes them something?

Tell me your thoughts! Do you think it’s okay for a guy to pay on the first date, or do you prefer to split the bill until the two of you are more serious?

By: Jaclyn Smock

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  1. I'm with you. If a guy suggests to go Dutch or for us to pay for our own meals, then I automatically assume that he doesn't like me.

  2. Whoever asks pays! Never split it!


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