By now, our readers are aware that I have dabbled, nay, have run rampant through the expansive fields of online dating. One pothole that I've stumbled across more than once is the income issue. When I first started searching for "matches" or choosing whose "winks" or emails to respond to, I had a small set of what I considered to be non-starter signals. A few of these include incorrect use of grammar, any use of the saying "work hard and play hard," and listed income bracket.
Well, it didn't take me long to figure out that I would never start dating if I automatically excluded all men who list their income, but this did start the wheels turning. I began to wonder about the various significances of divulging one's earnings when trying to attract members of the opposite (or the same) sex. Is this intended to pique interest? Is it a weeding tactic? Is it just another checked box?
Before I expound on my experiences and theories within this paradox, I would like to know what our readers have experienced and what they think about the issue of advertising income in the online dating game. Below are links to two completely anonymous surveys, one for men and one for women. Please participate in these quick surveys, and I'll present the results, along with my sentiment on the topic, next week.
Define the role of income in the dating game: <http://spreadsheets.google.
Women: Men listing their income - Hot or Not?