Whatever your views on going Dutch, you should know after the first date if you’re interested in seeing him again for date number 2.

Agreeing or even insisting on going Dutch can depend on your levels of integrity and if you want to see him again.

It may seem old fashioned but there are still traditional men who believe in paying for a date and insisting on going Dutch can send the message you’re not interested in him romantically and just want to be friends.

While many of these derogatory Dutch references fell out of common usage, Americans did retain the idea of a "Dutch treat" when a number of German (Deutsch) immigrants arrived.

A corruption of led to the designation of German immigrants living in Pennsylvania as "Pennsylvanian Dutch".

Men and women can make a variety of assumptions when it can be a lot easier to ask and clarify before meeting up.

Before going on a first date the general rule is for a woman to decide to allow the man pay.

In Germany, Canada and Australia sharing the cost of a date is normal practice where both people have a similar financial status.

The tradition of men always paying for a dinner date is considered old fashioned by many and dating couples generally take turns paying a bill or agree to divide it.

While what is expected can vary according to the country and culture, dating is still viewed by many as being steeped in the tradition of a man pursuing and wooing a woman. It is widely accepted the person who asked should at least offer to pay the total bill.

Asking someone on a date means you are assuming the role of host (or hostess) just as if you had invited a potential partner to your home for a meal; you wouldn’t ask for half of the costs for the ingredients! There is a big difference between two friends hanging out and going on an official date.

When it comes to social dating, however, the idea of going Dutch is not universally accepted.

Traditionally, the person who invites a companion for dinner or other entertainment is obligated to pick up the entire tab.

When two or more people agree to pay for their own bills, each is free to spend within his or her personal entertainment budget.