# The Wall Street Journal: Who Pays on the First Date? No One Knows Anymore, and It’s Really Awkward

I found this one downright funny. However, I will offer a couple potential solutions. Bear with me as I am about to get algebraic.

One argument mentioned in the article was that men tend to make more than women. If we are going to talk about income equity we might as well talk about expense equity. So, going with the 80 cents on a dollar number from http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/, here is a suggested bill split:

Woman’s portion = 80/(80+100) = 44%
Man’s portion = = 100/(80+100) = 56%

That applies only to the “average” man and woman. What happens when real non-average (noticed I stayed away from above/below on that one) people go on a date? For that, I propose the more general solution:

Woman’s income = W
Man’s income = M

Woman’s portion of the bill = W/(W+M)
Man’s portion of the bill = M/(W+M)

If you wish to get really crazy, you could apply this formula to every shared expense for the duration of the relationship.

You are welcome for this sage advice.
Problem solved.
🎤💧

-Dr. Moore

Who Pays on the First Date? No One Knows Anymore, and It’s Really Awkward
The Wall Street Journal

First dates multiply in era of Tinder, and those tabs add up. Some women are wary the fake ‘reach’ for the wallet won’t be turned down. Read the full story

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## 2 thoughts on “The Wall Street Journal: Who Pays on the First Date? No One Knows Anymore, and It’s Really Awkward”

1. alexchouz says:

Doesn’t apply to Slavic guys. We pay on all dates and then through the whole marriage thing 😦

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