Going Dutch: Is splitting the bill the way to a dates bed?

This festive season, if it’s an after-dinner invitation you’re looking for, splitting the bill may be the key to success.  

 

According to the seventh annual Date of the Nation (DON) study, conducted in conjunction with Australia’s largest online dating site RSVP and Nielsen, those who go Dutch are more likely to have sex on the first date as opposed to those who pay for the whole meal.  


Of all those surveyed, 36.8% of people who split the bill said they also had sex on the first date, this is compared to 26.6% of individuals who said they picked up the bill and then also got lucky.  


It also appears daters are getting more modern, with splitting the bill being the most popular choice amongst responders, regardless of whether the date continued or not.  


“This time of year is the busiest period for both online and offline dating, with RSVP seeing a 20% lift in activity from boxing day though to early January,” CEO of RSVP, Dave Heysen, explained.  


“People are in a celebratory mood and have more time on their hands, so now is the time to get dating. Not only that, now is also the time to try something different, if you’re always picking up the bill or always letting it pass you by, try splitting it. You never know where it could lead.” 


This year’s DON study also delved into if there’s a correlation between people’s annual income and the number of one night stands they’ve had. When it comes to the salary bracket that’s getting the busiest, it’s those making less than $50,000 who are getting the most action.  


A fifth of respondents in the less than $30,000 salary range have had more than 30 one night stands, with the same number in the 30k to 49k bracket also exceeding the 30 one night stand mark.  


Making more doesn’t necessarily mean you’re set to miss out on the fun, with 19.5% of those making $80k to $99k having between 21-30 one night stands.  


Unsurprisingly, it’s the lower salary ranges that are also copping to having the most sexual partners, with 25% of people who make less than $30k saying they’ve had more than 30 sexual partners. However, 40% in the same group note they either can’t remember or they don’t know.   

As the pay packets rise, the number of sexual partner’s decrease, with only 3.8% of people who make $120k to $139k admitting to having more than 30 sexual partners. In this salary bracket, it’s most common for people to have had 21-30 sexual partners, with 5% of respondents putting a tick in that box.  

 

The DON study investigates the online and offline dating and relationship habits of the country. It incorporates responses from more than 3800 people across Australia.  
 
Key Findings:  

  • 36.8% of people who split the bill said they had sex on the first date. 

  • 26.6% of people who said they picked up the bill had sex on the first date.

  • 20% of people in the less than $30,000 salary range have had more than 30 one night stands.

  • 20% of people making between $30,000 and $49,999 have had more than 30 one night stands.

  • 19.5% of those making $80k to $99k have had between 21-30 one night stands.  

  • 25% of people who make less than $30k saying they’ve had more than 30 sexual partners. 

 

For more information on the Date of the Nation study, please contact RSVP’s content marketing manager Sarah Homewood via sarah.homewood@rsvp.com.au.

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