This week, a color-coded map appeared from Match.com, indicating the potential cost of a date, depending on the state in which the date-goers lived.
Costs were easily $100 in most states. However, there were outliers: New York with an average of almost $300 and South Dakota with an average of under $40.
Suffice it to say, viewers were shocked or validated, and many took to Twitter to share their experiences.
The average cost of a date in the United States according to Match. ❤️💰 https://t.co/jT1maQP0zp— Only In Boston (@Only In Boston) 1566999000.0
Initial responses were largely surprised at the states who had an average of $100 and more.
This was met, however, with consumers confiding how easy it is to spend so much money, from rises in movie ticket prices to adding a bottle of wine to the dinner tab.
What are y'all DOING on these DATES https://t.co/3SjgEGRSfv— Brett S. Vergara (@Brett S. Vergara) 1567116143.0
@BrettSVergara I live in Texas. Dinner +drinks, movie+snacks or bowling +drinks and snacks well over 100+right there— Melissa Saippa (@Melissa Saippa) 1567119899.0
@GinnyTonkin @OnlyInBOS A dinner for two, a bottle of wine, and two movie tickets. Granted, they're citing… https://t.co/jSmrM80IW8— Steven Senatori (@Steven Senatori) 1567119907.0
Dude it ADDS up real quick. Yesterday: Cocktails $50 incl tip Movie $30 Drinks at movie (Alamo, also 3 hr movie) $… https://t.co/0TGMXSXzAw— Julia Onken (@Julia Onken) 1567121209.0
Some responses believed the map was too simple, however, and didn't include some essential information and considerations.
For example, a date in a major city will cost much more and may significantly impact the average cost of a date in that state, compared to the smaller towns and suburban areas of that state.
What social outings are available from one state to the next is something to consider, as well.
The average date in Illinois has to be from Chicago, and not the rest of Illinois lol https://t.co/8CZdtH8xGO— Matt Carter (@Matt Carter) 1567118116.0
There are also issues of the context that surround the price of the date, some argued.
The cost of the date varies significantly, for example, between trying to impress someone you're interested in on a first date and going out for a night on the town with someone you've been married to for three years.
There are also specific variables surrounding the date itself: whether or not there was an activity included with dinner (such as a movie or bowling), if travel was required (gas money and hotel), and if the couple at hand had to acquire a babysitter.
@jillruthcarlson They should compare it to the average cost of going out to dinner or just cost of living in genera… https://t.co/EL9AO0LwF9— N Modo (@N Modo) 1567112221.0
@glossmenagerie @lizard_lou There are just too many variables to consider - is this a first date? a date with a spo… https://t.co/NwD939ek4f— 🌙✨MrsMcPokey✨🌙 (@🌙✨MrsMcPokey✨🌙) 1567122192.0
When you factor in the cost of a babysitter, on top of dinner and a movie,, this looks pretty right to me for Maryl… https://t.co/vR7zUaDOoJ— Jen (@Jen) 1567121115.0
This is certainly an interesting map that introduces the concept of disparate social costs across the states. However, without considering further variables, it's hard to take these figures at face value.
That being said, the costs of social outings are certainly on the rise, making it more difficult for those of lower incomes, and those also supporting families, to find the means of going out with their significant others and to build on new relationships.
I guess it's Netflix and chill at home for most of us.
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