Over the weekend, I got into a debate with some folks about gender roles in dating and relationships. The discussion had all of us analyzing our stances on various things, including who pays for dates, who should be the breadwinner in the relationship, and whether or not it is OK for a woman to propose marriage to her male partner. I will admit that I am a traditionalist on this one. In casual dating, I generally expect that if I am going out with a man, he is going to pay for the date. I always have my own money when I go out, as a rule, but when the check comes, I sit still and allow him to take it. How he handles the check situation will likely play a big role in determining whether or not I will go out with him again.
Gender stereotypes are still alive and well in the online dating world, study says
Gender roles still prevalent in online dating, study finds | The Independent
In one of the largest studies into online dating, researchers at Oxford University and eHarmony analysed , profiles over 10 years to look at common patterns. And the few times that women have initiated the conversation, their response rates have dropped. Other traditional values also remained popular, such as looking down on being sex-positive. On the bright side though, Brits were more receptive to dating outside their social strata and placed less emphasis on income or religion. Men also appreciated confidence in potential partners, sending more messages to women with a higher level of self-rated attractiveness.
Gender role identity and dating behavior: What is the relationship?
The past decade has seen the rise of dating apps and the breakdown of any stigma surrounding looking for love online. But despite this - and progress being made towards gender equality - the researchers found that the number of men initiating conversations online has actually increased, from six per cent in to 30 per cent in The researchers also looked into what would make someone more likely to receive a message.