It’s definitely not for the free food, the free ride or the free entrance to a particular event. We can definitely feed ourselves, pay an uber and put gas in our car. We also have girl friends whenever we want to go to a bar, the movies , a festival, a fair, a comedy show. Going out on a date allows us to “analyze” our potential “playmates” in a different scenery.
It allows us to look at how they treat the waitress, the bartender, the barista, the cashier; it allows us to look at how they eat, how they interact with others and their environment, how they drive, how they walk on the street with us, how aware they are of their surroundings and how they portray themselves.
Being in different settings brings different sides of your personality and triggers different aspects of your subconscious which allows partners to better know and understand each other, and most importantly to see how they fit into each other’s life
P.S A date does not have to be pricey. Be Creative