Should you date someone based on their salary? | The Tylt
After seeing this article's title, you’re probably calling us shallow. Love has no price tag, sure—but there’s no denying that someone's salary can make a difference in romance (a recent Wallet Hub survey even illustrates how 51 percent of people wouldn’t marry someone with bad credit). Some believe seriously dating someone whose paycheck greatly differs from their own can lead to a bunch of issues both emotional and practical; others still maintain it matters not. How about you?
Should you date someone based on their salary?
We’re not saying you should target people in the dating pool who make a specific amount of dough. Rather, we’re saying that when there’s a huge difference between what kind of money you’re making and what kind of money they're making, stress could potentially be put on your relationship. One can begin to feel as if they’re being taking advantage of, or that they’re the main pillar of support while the other reaps the benefits. And what’s a relationship if not mutually beneficial?
Finding someone you love means finding someone who’s on the same page as you, money included. If you’re on seriously different levels financially, there may be a break in communication and understanding, especially if and when bigger responsibilities—kids, houses, et cetera—come along. If those foundations aren’t there, well…maybe you’re better off spending your paycheck on yourself.
Remember what J. Lo said? About love not costing a thing? Well, ignore the current fact that she’s marrying Alex Rodriguez for reasons that go against the morals of that song and stick to the original sentiment. Who you fall in love with has nothing to do with that person’s income. If it does, maybe you need to get your own priorities straight.
The whole point of love is selflessly caring for someone other than yourself. If that someone has a lower salary than you, then dollar signs be darned! You can both make it work. On the flip side, if they make more than you, you shouldn’t feel jealous or inept. People are rich in different ways, and when it comes to romance, all income should be combined.