Online dating could save singletons over £3,000 compared to dating IRL – Metro.co.uk
Lockdown 3.0 might not be the best time to be single, but at least it could be saving daters money for their trouble.
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.
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