“Before you get involved in a relationship or anything, FICO first, then sex.” – Suze Orman on Oprah

In a Match.com survey, 84 percent of singles admitted they are more selective about who they date in hard economic times.

Whatever it is you’re looking for in a date – tall, dark and handsome, a good sense of humor, long walks on the beach – forget it. The latest criteria for a good match may just be good credit.

The number of people searching for the perfect date during this recession is going up, but with most Americans concerned about their own finances, more and more are focusing on their mate’s bottom-line.

One might conclude that the same qualities that contribute to a higher income (e.g. ambition, independence, creativity, and intelligence) are characteristics that make you more attractive to a potential date. Of course, financial beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but apparently the eye is on the prowl for dollar signs.

What do you think? Does income level serve a purpose with one’s online dating profile? And how does career and credit score play into a successful relationship?

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