While the cynics among us might argue that when it comes to love, we all pay, when it comes down to cold hard cash at the end of a date, who should cough up?
A recent article in Asia Economics has had netizens responding in their droves [most commented of the week on Nate] over the the economics of Korean dating, also known as “sogeting,” where people are introduced by a mutual friend and then go on several blind dates, usually to find a marriage partner.
Finally, you need to ask yourself how long you plan on living in Korea and if it’s worth it at all! When it comes to relationships, the only difference between dating in North Korea and South Korea is that both countries have different governments (Not that I’ve tried anything in North Korea!The article, first published on May 22, revealed the results of a survey carried out by Daks Club, a ‘VIP marriage information company,’ in which 412 single men and women were asked a series of questions, the first of which was: The results of the survey were then split according to gender.The key finding, according to the article, was that seven out of ten men said that while they would pay for the meal, it would be good if the woman paid for something like coffee afterwards. Although 68% of male respondents agreed that the man would pay for the meal and the woman should pay for coffee, more than half of the women questioned – 51.4% — said that they thought the man ought to pay for everything, while 33.9% agreed that a woman should at least fork out for a hot drink.I have a feeling quite a few people will be quite surprised to hear some of this coming out of me. I've spent far, far too much time around second language speakers to have even an ounce of condescension toward it left in me. They're doing something that I have never been able to do, something I desperately want to be able to do in Korean. And the truth is, there's nothing I find sexier than a man I have to admit is, in any way, smarter than I am.But I'm going to do my best to lay that aside, and be really honest. Of course, this isn't a part of Korean dating culture, but it definitely plays a role in inter/// dating. What these particular types don't like to face is that a lot of us women are so fucking relieved to get outside of the stereotypes.The information in this article is going to assume that you are indeed looking for a more substantial relationship rather than something that is short term. You just arrived as a tourist, a new English teacher, a new exchange student or a factory worker.