56% of Belgian Women Go Dutch on the First Date

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In light of Equal Pay Day, the day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap, dating app Twoo dug up some interesting numbers about its users. How do men and women feel about finances and financial independence? Does a man always pick up the check after a first date? Who manages the bank account and how about joint accounts?

“We can conclude that women demand more financial independence and equality. This is reflected in our statistics on who should pay on a first date,” says Lien Louwagie, spokeswoman of Twoo.

Going Dutch on the first date
After a candlelight dinner the waiter brings the check. Wanting to split the bill on a first date might not be romantic, it is a symbol of (financial) independence. 5,971 Belgian respondents answered the question on Twoo “Who pays the bill on the first date?”. As it turns out, barely 10% of women expect men to pick up the check. Even more remarkable, 56% of women prefer to split the bill, rather than being treated to a dinner.

The same tendency is surfacing among men. A quarter of the male respondents prefer to split the bill. 50% choose the more traditional approach and pay for the whole dinner. This is especially the case with the older generation of men (50+), where 57% feels it’s evident to buy dinner on the first date. The younger generation is with 49% less eager to pull out the credit card. 12% of more mature women expect the man to pay, as opposed to 9% of their younger peers.

Equal division in household costs
Women are also becoming more independent in the household. 63.7% of women prefer an equal division of household costs, even if their partner earns more.

Statistics also show that women – more than men – attach greater importance to being financially independent. 37.5% of women do not want a joint account, while only 14.3% of men are against having one. Among the women who are in favour of having a joint account, 74% of them want to manage the budget, as opposed to 53% of men.