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Study examines beliefs about who should pay for dates

...The paper, "Who Pays for Dates? Following versus Challenging Conventional Gender Norms," contains survey data from more than 17,000 participants; a quarter of whom also provided written commentaries to explain their beliefs and actions regarding paying for dates.

"The motivation for the study was to understand why some gendered practices are more resistant to change than others; for example, the acceptance of women in the workplace versus holding onto traditional notions of chivalry," Frederick, who co-authored the study, said in a statement.

The paper says 84% of men and 58% of women reported that men pay for most expenses, even after dating for a while. Over 57 % of women claimed they offered to help pay, but 39% confessed they hoped men would reject their offers to pay, and 44% of women were bothered when men expected women to help pay.

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