Online dating could save singletons over £3,000 compared to dating IRL – Metro.co.uk

Online dating could save singletons over £3,000 compared to dating IRL – Metro.co.uk


Online date during quarantine and self-isolation
Not a small chunk of change (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Lockdown 3.0 might not be the best time to be single, but at least it could be saving daters money for their trouble.

Ocean Finance has done some sums and found that virtual dating could save singletons £3,224 a year compared to IRL dates.

Assuming daters would buy things like a new outfit (£52), theatre tickets (£140), drinks (£36) and a cab home (£15) for a pre-pandemic date, the average cost per date could come to around £300 – although yes, this is a rather large estimate.

The average dater goes on around 13 dates per year, meaning that if they’re going on these fancy dates, they would spend roughly £3,900 in 12 months.

Don’t think you’re safe just because your go-to date is dinner or drinks. Even if your spending just £30 on a date night, if you’re hitting the dating scene hard and going out once a week, that’s £1,560 a year.

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Meanwhile, even on the extreme end of spending, virtual dating can set you back much less than IRL dates.

At the most you can expect to spend £52 per date, assuming you’re buying a meal to eat at home (£10), supermarket cocktails (£6), and new top (£26), as that’s all that can be seen during a standard video call.

A more conservative estimate might
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