NY POST - Feb 25 - A recent study of US Census data found that the income of single women in their 20s living in New York City is now 17% higher, on average, than that of their male counterparts. This income shift in the midst of an anemic economy is also shaking up dating rules in the city. So instead of the perfunctory “purse reach” at the end of a romantic meal, young women are now pulling out the plastic. Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher says it’s not surprising that New York women are less concerned about a fellow’s puny finances than they may have been in past years. “Money seems to be pretty far down on the totem pole” of relationship criteria, she says, citing the Single in America study of 5,200 US singles she just completed in partnership with Match.com. According to her findings, only 4% of men and 17% of women would “definitely not date” someone who was unemployed.
Mark Brooks: Etiquette says that if a woman wants to pay on a first date, she's not really interested in the guy. So, women beware. Guys can get mixed signals here. On first dates, if you want to pay, make sure to let the guy know you're interested in them, but also believe in paying for the first date. Then let the guy take you out on the next date. If he likes you, he will, if he has any money and cojones.