I have a confession to make. But first, a little back story.
A few months ago, I wrote about how the newest trend in dating is matching based on credit scores. I was appalled. But no matter how appalling I find it, the idea is extremely popular.
The most popular sites, it would seem, are “Date My Credit Score” and “Credit Score Dating,” where, the tagline reads, “Good Credit is Sexy.” I have to admit that I never thought of it that way. In fact, I always thought credit scores were the opposite of sexy, but I guess something is wrong with me.
So here’s my confession: in the name of research, I joined the two sites I mentioned. Not only did I peruse the message boards, but I got the chance to look at profiles of both women and men. There were none of the typical profile multiple choice questions: hobbies, diet, music, movies, etc. All I saw was an income range, profession, age and location. In fact, the credit score was in the tagline for the profile!
Credit score numbers range across a span from 300, the lowest there is, to 800 as the highest. The average person falls in the range of 600-720. But these scores would be unacceptable to the members on these site. In fact, the message boards at Date My Credit Score reflected this mind set. A thread was posted there, and the original poster stated that there was no way a relationship would last if one person had a credit score below 500. The overwhelming majority of responses that followed were in agreement.
Financial stability is important, yes, but what about all of the other things we use as criteria in finding a suitable spouse? What would we be left with if we chose a partner solely on their credit score?
That last question, I feel, answers itself. Is there any wonder why the divorce rate is so high?
One thing this investigation taught me: we are very fortunate to have CatholicMatch. Not one question on the profile brings forth this way of thinking about each other. Marriage minded members can stay focused on other things besides a number range.
What’s your opinion of credit score dating? Is it wise and prudent? Should marriage minded people stay focused on this? If this is all there is to dating in the secular world, where does that leave us as Catholics? I welcome your thoughts and opinions.