Who pays the bill on the first date is a debate that has been argued for many years.

Most people have long said goodbye to traditions of men always having to pay, but one single woman claims it's still the best way.

Jana Hocking, an Australian radio producer who often talks about dating, revealed that one of her biggest deal breakers on a date is who foots the bill.

In her news.com.au column, the 36-year-old recalled occasions that she's gone out with 'lovely guys', but if they haven't offered to pay for the bill, she's "instantly turned off", reports Daily Star.

She says the man should always pay for the first date

Jana said: "I clearly remember being on a date with a guy I thought I might quite like, but when he really stared at my purse as the bill came and wouldn’t even reach for his own until I had placed my card on the bill tray first.

"It left a bad taste in my mouth. Would he always be like this? Counting his pennies."

She explained that men who were more assertive and instantly reached for their wallet at the end of a date proved that they were willing to "invest".

What do you think?

Jana says women look to men to be providers because "it’s basically in their DNA".

She also pointed out that many ladies earn less money due to the gender wage gap, therefore it makes sense for men to spoil them on dates.

To back up her statement, Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington, explained that women want to know whether a man will spend his resources on her as it signals that they'll be able to provide for their young.

But Jana says that the first date doesn't have to be fancy.

She explained that if you can't afford to go to an expensive bar, you could go to a cute pub for happy hour or even have a picnic in the park, which she claims was 'one of the best dates' she's been on.

But there's one exception to the rule.

Jana says it's acceptable to split the bill if you know there's no interest in a second date.

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