The first date: Are men still taking the lead?
Attitudes shown in our poll hint that women should perhaps take the lead more. With almost a quarter of men saying they wait to be asked out, but almost 95% of women waiting for the man, are many potential dating opportunities being missed?
Before the date
The results of our survey suggest that women approach a first date more casually than men. For 36% of the men asked, the first date is essential for defining the path of a potential relationship. By contrast, 67% of women said that it does not guarantee anything. There is a noticeable gap in expectations, with less than half of women (46%) expressing excitement compared to almost two thirds (65%) of men. Perhaps explained by having had a number of bad dates before, the survey revealed a gender disparity in the anticipation of an enjoyable night, with many more women answering “it depends on the person I’m meeting”.
Meanwhile, our survey indicates that men are more willing to invest money and time for a first date. 44% of those asked would opt for a dinner date (compared to just 29% of the women, with 60% preferring coffee) whereas only 6% of men seem imaginative enough to offer an outdoor activity and just 3% opt for the cinema. The difference in preferred date venue is possibly connected with the cautious optimism suggested by the female respondents in the survey, with meeting for a coffee an easier option than a long evening meal.