You know the scene: Your dinner date is winding down, and the server comes to your table with the bill. In all likelihood, he sets the ominous black folder in front of you. Meanwhile, if the pretty little lady sitting across from you is anything like me, there’s a good chance she’s hoping that you’ll pay the bill. Not because she’s a gold digger. Not because she’s trapped in the 1950s. Not because she can’t afford it. Oh, no. Here, the far more complicated truth about why she wants you to pay.
It shows you care (a lot)
For better or worse, women may tend to associate money with caring. By picking up the bill, you’re telling us we’re worth an investment.
It makes you look successful
If you think women aren’t attracted to power, think again. When we’re out with our friends and our man is paying for us — and perhaps even grabbing a drink for our friends — it makes us proud. And, maybe a little bit turned on.
It reassures us that you’re not stingy
If you are counting pennies, or pulling out your calculator to split the bill right down the middle, it doesn’t bode well. It tells us that you’re likely ungenerous, and it concerns us that you’ll be territorial or selfish in other parts of life, too. Tonight, it’s dinner. Next week: Aren’t these your dishes in the sink?
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