An article in the ‘Daily Mail’ suggests that it costs the average person five years and $20k before tying the knot…..
A new survey calculates the cost of finding love by calculating how much Americans spend on dates before getting married.
The study found it took an average of five-and-a-half years of dating to find a partner – during which people will spend $20, 276 on dating.
The average spend per person per date was $43.50 with most popular activity going out for dinner, followed by going to the movies
Men pay more. That’s obvious, but what’s interesting is how that data is presented in the article. ‘Of the men questioned, the average figure for the most they had spent on a date was $224, while the same figure for women was less than half at $93.’ That’s quite a lot of money for one date, especially if it’s the first time you’ve actually met that person. Clearly there is a lot of wealth signalling going on here.
But the data is not presented as an aggregate figure, as that would clearly show a bigger difference between the cost for men and women. It’s OK to show the aggregate differences when talking about the ‘wage gap’, but not the ‘dating pay gap’.
‘Bad breath’ was second in the list of major turnoffs.