February 12, 2011
Listen here. Aired on Marketplace Money.
Dating can be hell when life is good. But when you're unemployed, it presents a whole new set of challenges - particularly if you're male.
A lot of women still expect the guy to foot the bill, and that's a problem when your only income is an unemployment check. I wanted to do this piece because I'd heard plenty about the negative effect unemployment can have on relationships, but nothing about what unemployment does to people who'd like to be in one.
One piece of trivia I couldn't include: OKCupid tells me site users lie about height and income (no surprise to online dating veterans). They've crunched the data, and OKCupid users claim to be a full two inches taller and 20k richer than the rest of the population.
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