On the night itself, women average two hours six minutes to get ready.
Psychiatrist Dr Victoria Lukats said: “It could be that traditionally the onus is on men to make the next move after a first date by phoning to arrange the next date. We should give men more credit and put aside outdated stereotypes of men just being hunters who enjoy the thrill of the chase, with little emotional intelligence as some dating self-help books would have us believe.” Britain’s eight million singles went on 18 million first dates last year, with seven out of 10 initiated online.
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