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The Average American Spends Over $100,000 on Dating

September 14, 2019DMT.NEWS

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The Average American Spends $121,082.40 on Dating

In the old days, a date might involve a couple of dollars in milkshakes at the local diner. However, in 2019, it’s a lot different. New data suggests that over our lifetimes, the average American will spend thousands of dollars on dating — $121,082.40 to be exact. Yep. That’s six figures on attempts at love.

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A recent survey of 2,000 Americans produced by OnePoll and Simple.com uncovered some dating trends that you might not have been aware of, one of which is that courtship can be expensive.

As it turns out, the average American drops an unbelievable $121,082.40 on dating over the course of their lifetime. While this hard-to-believe statistic might seem a bit outrageous, it looks a little more manageable once it's broken down. The overall average works out to a cost of $168.17 a month, which could easily be just a single date a month — or two or three cheaper ones.

And, believe it or not, it isn’t single people who are spending all of their cash on date nights. Perhaps the most ironic statistic from the massive set of data pulled from the survey is that married people spend more on dating than singles. This totally unexpected reality shows that, contrary to what you might have heard, tying the knot doesn't entirely kill off the mood.

Of course, this probably isn’t a secret to everyone. A quarter of those polled said that they were actively avoiding the dating scene because they were strapped for cash to begin with, and a majority of Americans (62 percent) blamed their finances for a weak dating life.

Two-thirds of men raise their hand when it's time to square up the check, according to the findings, while 42 percent of women do the same. Possibly in an attempt to help balance the high cost of dating, 24 percent of respondents said they’re down with going Dutch and would offer to split the bill 50/50.

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In a statement, Executive Steph Reiley of Simple.com noted that “Discussing who will pay the check can be one of the first times a date or new couple navigates a financial decision. As a relationship grows, integrating tools, like having a shared account or tools to plan expenses, can help couples continue those discussions to build a solid financial foundation.”

In the end, the spark is kept alive in ways that haven’t changed much and likely won’t anytime soon. When asked how to keep things interesting in an intimate relationship, the most popular answer was “enjoying dinner and drinks” followed by “date night at least once a week.” Physical affection, unsurprisingly, came in next, followed by “attending a concert or show.”

All of this adds up to say that, despite our love affair with touchscreens and technology, it’s still the simple things which set the mood. Spending time with the man or woman of your dreams, whether over a romantic dinner or in a sweaty crowd at a rock concert, is the surest route to long-term happiness. Just be prepared to spend a lot of money doing it.

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