Does money matter in online dating?
Apparently, size is not the real issue when it comes to online dating. It’s money that matters. According to research published by AYI.com when it comes to dating money and gender are related in the dating world.
Yes, it’s 2014 and women have had ‘equal rights” for decades now but money and being male and making money are still (and feminist arguments aside may perhaps forever be) linked. When exploring the world of internet dating, recent studies indicate that if you are a man, your chances of getting a response from a woman are increased with each additional dollar you make. Furthermore, men who earn over $150,000 were reported to be “82% more likely than men that made $20,000 or less” to be contacted by a woman.
Women, on the other hand, are an entirely different story. The amount women make, according to the study, makes no difference. The one exception here is women who earn over $100,000. Women who make six figures were reported to be “much more likely to get a response from a man” – so much so, in fact, that women online that earned $150,000 per year “were 65% more likely than women that earned $20,000 to get contacted.”
Data like this casts a sad shadow over this Valentine’s Day and dating in general. After all, the research doesn’t bode well for the majority of Americans. The U.S Census Bureau’s income report states that the “median annual earnings” for women who are employed full-time in 2012 was $37,791. The median for men who work full-time was $49,398. So what’s an average earner to do if he or she wants to date online?
Online dating experts only see three options:
1. Lie. As stereotypical as it may sound to those not familiar with the world of online dating, the fact is women are not always honest about their weight and men are often dishonest about height. “What’s the harm in rounding up?” you ask? Experts say it is “ill-advised” because eventually “your date is going to want to know what you do for a living and if the numbers don’t add up, you will find yourself all alone before things even get started.”
2. Keep quiet. Research indicates that folks who choose the “Rather Not Say” on their online dating profile are often “assumed to be lower earners.” Interestingly, the quiet people are reported to have “had the same contact rates as men who made under $20,000 and for women that made under $60,000.” On the other hand, men that chose to leave the income field blank “were contacted the same as those that made up to $40,000 while women were contacted the same as those that made up to $100,000.”
3. Be honest. This might seem rightfully a bit scary. On the upside, you now have nothing to hide. The downside is once you’ve chosen honesty as your best policy all you can do is hope that you can get a date that doesn’t see you as merely a price tag or checking account balance.
All this reporter can say is: Good Luck!
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