While most of the stress around dating tends to focus on whether or not someone has texted you back yet, there is one big source of frustration that doesn't get enough discussion: why is dating so expensive?
A new survey from dating site Elite Singles, the dating website, has looked at the cost of dating around the world and, well, people are going big. The most expensive city for dating was Oslo, where dates cost an average of — wait for it — $170. That's pretty jaw-dropping for a single date, but London wasn't far behind with an average cost of $161 — and New York wasn't far behind that. Which may beg he question, why is the cost of the date enough to feed a family of four for a week?
If these numbers horrify you or make you feel like you're doing something wrong, remember that there are ways around it. "Dinner dates don't always have to be at pricey restaurants," Karenna Alexander, a dating coach and matchmaker based in NYC and Connecticut, tells Bustle. "Inexpensive restaurants that are trendy and hip can be just as satisfying and fun." So don't feel like you have to be breaking the bank, because a lot of us just can't afford to drop that amount of cash on a date. There's no shame in that.
But it looks like some people are opening their wallets — here are some of the most expensive dating cities in America, because the bills are bigger in the Big Apple.