I’ve always found myself insisting on paying when I’m ready to stop seeing someone. It usually takes me at least a couple dates to know this, but I find myself paying before I even realize I’m ready to end things. It’s strange! But your piece makes some sense… I don’t want someone to see me as an investment only to have me drop them. Though I’m always happy to split the bill, if a guy insists, I’ll let him cover me on a first date, whether or not I’m interested in a second.