Australian dating customs

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Our latest research compares overall interest in dating against established measures and events like economic factors, key political moments, and popular culture phenomena such as Royal Fever to reveal the factors that impact Australians’ dating habits.

To assume that a man is just programmed to be confident and dominating is to buy into the gender tropes we're trying to get away from—plus, would you really want to go out with a guy that pay for everything is really at odds with having a relationship where both parties are equal.

The idea of men paying is a throwback back to an era where women didn't pay because they literally didn't earn any money.

Among the findings, the Index shows that yearly interest in love and dating starts to climb from the end of September and continues to surge around the AFL and NRL grand finals, as well as the October Labour Day long weekend, when the Dating Index increases by approximately seven points over the daily average score – suggesting that the warmer weather, combined with the extra time off work and national sporting excitement are the perfect boosters to dating activity.

This trend continues over the summer season, with heightened interest in love and dating over the Christmas and New Year break, Australia Day and towards the end of the Australian Open, with an average Dating Index increase of 27%, from 41 to 52.

It's outdated and not really relevant; but a lot of the time we're still subconsciously buying into it.

So, we're rounding up the six dating 'rules' that you need to rethink—whether it's assuming that the guy should make all the moves or stick to the 'no sex on the first date rule', consider this official permission to liberate yourself.

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It doesn't feel particularly feminist or #woke to ask questions like ' Why hasn't he texted back yet? ', but that doesn't mean we've stopped discussing them over glasses of rosé on a Friday night.

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