The Definitive Answer: Who Pays for the First Date?

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My fellow millennials – listen up. I don’t care if you’re from NYC, Cincinnati or middle-of-nowhere Arkansas. I don’t care if you’re a lady, dude or don’t subscribe to gender norms. I don’t care if you’re black, white, Asian or anything in between. I don’t care if you’re heterosexual or LGBTQ+.

If you are, however, single, and on some sort of online dating platform, I need you to take 10 minutes from playing Pokemon Go and read this. It’s very important.

If you stumble across a human being you would like to mate with, and you ask them out on a date and suggest a specific activity/location, I have some news for you: You offer to pay the entire bill at the end of said date.

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Love Don’t Cost a Thing (Except to Gen Y)


One of my favorite things about being active on social media is soaking in the love from the young romantics of today.

You know what I’m talking about:

  • “Had a terrible day at work today. Then, got home to my hubby surprising me with flowers and a new Michael Kors bag. Luckiest girl in the world. ❤”
  • “I couldn’t resist showing off. My girlfriend cooked me an amazing dinner tonight. She spoils me, y’all.” [Insert mediocre photo of penne pasta, heavily burnt meat and something that may or may not be canned corn.]

And so it goes. (In case you couldn’t tell, I was being sarcastic. I am not moved by these flaunty displays of affection. Most of us aren’t.)

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Go Home, LinkedUp—You’re Drunk


If you’re a young professional navigating the waters of singledom, you obviously aren’t hip to the latest dating hotspot: LinkedIn. That’s right, my friends. Forget using the platform for business networking. Use it to find your next life partner.

A few months ago, a good friend was telling me about a man in her professional circle who found her via LinkedIn and was using the site to try and get her to meet up with him for a romantic outing [insert winky face here]. She was mortified and disgusted.

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Dating Tips From The Millionaire Matchmaker


A splendid thing happened for me on Saturday afternoon, friends. I met Patti Stanger (better known to some as the Millionaire Matchmaker), one of my lifestyle idols. Patti, along with a panel of relationship and sex experts, presented the findings of’s 2014 Singles in America study.

Although the survey was completed by daters of all ages, I feel the results and Saturday’s panel discussion broached topics that really hit home for millennials who are out there dating.

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Gone Catfishing: Millennials View Online Profiles With Degree of Skepticism


I’m an advocate of online dating—not just for millennials, but for people of all ages (over 18, of course). It’s a great way to meet people in an epoch where you can’t get through a single meal without a collection of iPhones on a table. When I first told my mom I was trying online dating, she was scared for my life. I explained to her that my abilities to Google stalk anyone and anything kept me safe, and I meant that. I can smell a catfish from a mile away! But I’m not going to lie—even I’m perturbed after reading the following stats.

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