We don't want any potential suitors to get the wrong idea, but a survey from LoveAgain.com claims that women would much rather spend the night in with a potential long-term suitor, rather than getting wined and dined. Right.
The survey, which asked 2,000 singles via LoveAgain.com about first date preferences, attributes this to women's thriftiness, rather than preference. According to a press release, most women surveyed wouldn't want to spend more than $20 on a first date (good luck with that in New York), which explains the homebody mentality. A bottle of wine and dinner for two at home can mostly likely clock in at less than $20.
In the meantime, most men surveyed do not mind spending at least $50 on a first date. About half of all the respondents did admit to watching their wallets more since the economic downturn.
As for where men prefer to spend their dates? No word on normal dates, but another dating site AshleyMadison.com, specifically for married people looking to cheat (which is a tad bit sketch, to say the least), surveyed 42,890 of their members and compiled a list of popular restaurants. Their members, it turns out, prefer to take their mistresses to chain restaurants at least 20 miles away from their homes, like Morton's, Ruth's Chris, Houston's, P.F. Chang's, and the Cheesecake Factory, to name the top five.
"Chain restaurants are larger and less conspicuous," Ashley Madison founder and CEO Noel Biderman said in a press release. "Steak houses are always a popular affair destination since they’re not only dimly lit but also commonly found in business districts, close to hotels where the these type of dates typically end." So if you find yourself at a P.F. Chang's near a Holiday Inn? Run for the hills.