” A beautiful friendship started and ended that night because like myself, Rebecca is a woman that expects that if a man asks you out then he should foot the bill. A recent study involving 17,000 men and women in the US discovered that 84 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women said that men still usually paid when the bill came, even after they had been together for some time.But nearly two thirds of men believed that women should contribute compared with the 44 per cent of women who felt put out at the suggestion.The purpose of the study according to assistant professor in psychology Dr David Fredrick was to find out why some traditional practices were being clung to despite a push for equality between the sexes. They believe that women only want equality when it suits them.That we want to cherry pick the best of both worlds.Asking someone on a date implies providing and that’s actually an interesting thing. They are also about the offering of food as being welcoming, and it is just genuine hospitality and warmth.” My school friend Annabel has an interesting take on things. Don’t complain if a woman makes you pay the bill when you go out. The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.She says: “If I like them I let them pay, if I don't and there's absolutely no chance of a repeat, then I will insist on paying my share. How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?I understood that he felt strongly about this but we were in Dubai, we were not married and I really didn’t fancy ending up in jail because I had paid the equivalent of a £10 taxi fare.Maxine, in a relationship, says: “I agree, it's a cultural thing as well, my partner is Egyptian and he would be embarrassed and offended if I paid or offered money to split the bill when we go out. The last Brit I went out with I always offered to split the bill and he accepted most of the time, there were a couple of occasions where he insisted on paying for me (probably twice in our year long relationship).
Phil Jackson, a British man, says: “There is a distinction between date and asking someone on a date and a relationship.They were staring into each other’s eyes and eventually the waiting staff brought the bill over to them.Rebecca’s date looked at the slip and then he leaned in close and whispered softly: “Do you want to pay your half by cash or card?Heavy drinking depletes the body of the nutrients needed for eye health and consequently can lead to a condition known as alcoholic optic neuritis.This can impair eyesight and, in time, lead to blindness.