Gone is the age of the buttoned-up first date.

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Dating Norms Are Turned Upside Down in the Age of Tinder and Takeout

New data from Tinder and Grubhub found that singles won’t mind going Dutch and would get takeout for an ideal third date
Gone is the age of the buttoned-up first date.

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Gone is the age of the buttoned-up first date.

Remember the “good old days” when people got dressed up to take a date out to an expensive restaurant, covered the tab, and carefully watched what they ate? For better or worse, today’s singles are taking romantic meetups a lot more casually, according to dating data from Tinder and Grubhub.

The two digital giants surveyed 2,000 young singles about their first date habits and found that only 36 percent would rule out a second date with someone who didn’t offer to pick up the tab. Most respondents would go for the burger over a skimpy salad: 62 percent of singles said they preferred to eat a hearty meal instead of a light meal on a first date. And when you finally find someone you want to get to know better, 60 percent of respondents want to ditch the going-out clothes and traditional date pretense for a “Grubhub (or Netflix) and chill” session instead of a third date.

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But that doesn’t mean singles are totally casual about everything. More than half of respondents would totally judge you if you ate sushi with a fork instead of chopsticks, and 31 percent would scowl if you tried to steal food off their plate.