Dating Etiquette: Men vs Women – What Matters in Love
When it comes to dating, “men are from Mars & women are from Venus” is a well-used phrase! Whether it’s ‘nature or nurture’ it is clear to most of us that men & women seem programmed quite differently in different aspects of life with recent research by Ferratum suggesting these differences are even more apparent when we date. This research has been conducted into the important matters of dating, from getting ready to who will be paying on the first date. It has been done with the hope that it will help women & men understand how the other views different aspects of dating.
Using the results, Ferratum have produced this compelling infographic –
So what are my thoughts on some of the more interesting stats?
44% of men put more effort into their appearance when they are single vs in a relationship. Women are more likely to put in just as much effort in their appearance whether they are single or in a relationship.
Generally, I believe that, although unfortunate, women are judged more on their appearance than men. Therefore this stat doesn’t really surprise me. It is sad that this is the case & actually, I think women can feel pressured to be more judgemental of themselves than by anyone else! Whatever their age the pressures on women about their appearance are astounding. That is not to say men don’t feel this pressure too. They totally do & this seems to be increasing. However, talking from a woman’s point of view, I have personal experience of these judgements & feelings of trying to live up to the misplaced expectations of perfection as often displayed by the media.
50% of men agree that dating apps are a good way of meeting people, while only 40% of women agree
A worldwide study conducted recently showed that more men use dating apps than women. In fact, out of 90 million app users, two-thirds were male. Why? Possibly because studies have shown that men use dating apps more for casual relationships rather than long-term commitments. It is easier to hook up for one or two dates without the expectation of anything more lasting. Therefore, perhaps the males questioned viewed the app as being more successful? Perhaps women feel less secure using apps to meet strangers whatever the safeguards?
Women are far more likely to check someones social media before going on a date with them (54%). Only 40% of men admit to doing this.
Again, this can be related back to a study of Tinder users whereby it was found that, although more men use the site, women spend a much longer amount of time on there. Why? Those questioned spent time trying to find the perfect person for a longer term relationship. They’re finding out everything they can about that person before making any sort of commitment decisions. Although, maybe the women were just more willing to admit what they’d been up to?!
68% of men would offer to pay on the first date, but then many of these would suggest splitting the bill on a repeat date (41%)
Thanks to archaic gender stereotypes, it is often assumed that men will pay on the first date. However, a recent study has shown that more & more women are ditching outdated sex roles & opting to foot the bill (or at least their share of it). This stat doesn’t surprise me at all as we shift ever closer towards equality & both genders are becoming more self-confident when it comes to modern dating.
What are your thoughts on these statistics?
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