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Credit Reports New Factor in Determining “Date-ability”

2012/12/28 by editor

Trend alert: apparently, checking in on your date’s credit score is something that people do these days. The New York Times article about a Chicago flight attendant who was asked on a first date what her credit score is has gone viral, and has been getting a lot of attention and responses online. Here’s my take on it: people are  being pickier these days about who they settle down with. There’s no longer a social expectation for women (and men, for that matter) to be married, with kids by age 35. People are focusing on careers longer, and there seems to be no urgency in getting married or committing to somebody too early. To me, that translates to people being more selective about those they date, including making sure the potential beau’s financial house is in order. This is where it all began, with Jessica Silver-Greenberg’s New York Times article:

“As she nibbled on strawberry shortcake, Jessica LaShawn, a flight attendant from Chicago, tried not to get ahead of herself and imagine this first date turning into another and another, and maybe, at some point, a glimmering diamond ring and happily ever after.

She simply couldn’t help it, though. After all, he was tall, from a religious family, raised by his grandparents just as she was, worked in finance and even had great teeth.

Her musings were suddenly interrupted when her date asked a decidedly unromantic question: “What’s your credit score?”

Click here to read about LaShawn’s plight and the recent trend that’s seemingly popping up across the U.S.

I’m super curious about what other people think about this one. How much do finances come into consideration when picking a dating partner? And, the big question: is it okay to ask what somebody’s score is on a first date?? My gut instinct is a big “no,” but hey… I guess some people don’t like to dance around the question!


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