Doree Shafrir at Bundle attempts to quantify the cost of serial dating. The article weirdly (in an interesting way) shifts into a discussion about the societal rules surrounding dating and who pays for the date expenses:
Throw in another $150 per month for snacks and whatnot, and Anna’s total annual dating budget totals nearly $9,500. It’s a lot of money, for a string of first dates. Some of them progress — Anna and her last boyfriend, an eHarmony match, dated for a few months, about a year ago — and when they do, the economics subtly change. The first date is drinks, for which Anna rarely pays. The second date: casual dinner, again paid for by the man, potentially followed by drinks. Third date: nicer dinner and/or some kind of event, paid for by the man, but the woman should offer.