The Wall Street Journal recently re-posed the often awkward question, ‘Who Pays on a Date?’
As society’s rules for romantic relationships are ever-changing and gender-based traditions continue to shift, what is the modern romantic symbolism of picking up the bill? According to a 2015 study of heterosexual couples, opinions are pretty split.
Is taking care of the check a gesture of affection or demonstration of control? What are the rules in non-heterosexual relationships? And how do you broach the sometimes uncomfortable topic of paying while on a date, be it a first encounter, or a long term relationship?
Kerry Cronin, adjunct instructor of philosophy and theology at Boston College who also lectures college students around the country about dating; you can watch some of her dating advice on her YouTube channel