But in the last decade or so, the game of looking for love has gotten some new rules, with the venue moving from the bar world to the the cyber world.
Instead of men searching for the right verbal approach, many now search for the right photo to put on their profile page.
“Roughly 30 million unique users, or about 10 percent of the U. population, visit dating sites every month,” according to Nielsen.
And many of them pay a hefty sum for the chance to meet their perfect match.
Researchers tell us about one-third of new marriages in the U. The Converg Ex folks, using data from statisticbrain.com, note the average courtship time for “off-line,” traditional dating ahead of a marriage runs around 42 months – or two years longer than the 18.5-month, average dating-to-marriage cycle for people who meet online. Related: The Economics Of Valentine's Day: The Money Behind The Love “At a conservative estimate of one date per week and a cost of 0 per date – 0 for a meal and drinks at a nice restaurant, plus for two movie tickets and popcorn – the dating phase prior to an offline marriage runs up a ,660 tab,” Converg Ex said.
“The average dating site customer spends just 9 a year for online memberships, which more than pays for itself to the tune of ,803 in cost savings from fewer dates,” they continued.
But when separated by gender, the survey found that men spend significantly more on dating.
Of the men questioned, the average figure for the most they had spent on a date was 4, while the same figure for women was less than half at .
Songs are sung about either finding it or recovering from it, screen writers send story lines on unrealistic tangents to secure romantic endings, and books are filled with characters searching and pining for it.
Women still rely (for the most part) on men to pay for dates, especially if it is a new relationship.
Anna (first name only), a 42-year-old speech pathologist based in the DC metro area, told us, “I have never treated a date in the beginning. I have done things like paid for breakfast, but never on a date.”Just finding a date can be expensive and signing up for online dating isn’t cheap.
In fact, the money we spend on dating could be seen as a small investment portfolio.
And while many believe the onus of paying for a date is on the man, dating costs for women amount to more than chump change.