To pay or not to pay? Young straight men share their opinions on footing the bill in a modern dating landscape of endless apps and professed gender equality. One recent evening, on a group ride back from the Bronx to Manhattan, a male friend voiced a controversial opinion: if we are really living in an age of aspirational gender equality, he said, why do women still expect men to open the doors for them, and why do we still have to pick up the bill on dates? The entire car immediately erupted in cries of heated support and opposition.
The Think Tank humorously discussed cyber dating etiquette on "Glenn," and how it's bringing new questions regarding the traditional roles of men vs. Nick Pitts of Denison Forum reported that of 1 billion "swipes" -- viewings of a dating app profile -- on a typical Tinder day, only 12 million people are connecting. Because people only see the "accepted" swipes and none of the rejections, there is a sense of bravado that people did not used to feel in the days when we were all rejected to our faces.
Ever since I started writing about dating in Manchester , there has been one topic on which everyone I bump into has an opinion or anecdote: the first date. The general consensus is that this primary stage of courtship holds the potential to be a universally soul-destroying experience — and a far cry from the image of two impossibly attractive people falling in love over champagne and tapas that dating sites would have you believe. It can all too often be a few hours of awkward conversation while staring intently at the emergency exits of a local bar working out your exit strategy. You only have to scroll down the comments section of my first blog to read some absolute belters of first date stories.