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Opinion

Are credit scores taking precedent over chemistry in Americans' relationships?
By Newswire
Feb 20, 2013 - 12:20:23 AM

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Matchmaker Hellen Chen gets to join the marriage celebration of yet another newlywed couple she helped bring together.
According to an article from New York Times, a survey was done with over 50 daters across the country indicating that credit scores have become a bigger factor in dating decisions, over-shadowing qualities like good job, shared interests and chemistry.

A story was shared about a 31-year-old flight attendant, Jessica LaShawn from Chicago, who went on a date and in the middle of it was then asked the most unromantic question: what's your credit score.

When Ms LaShwan tried to answer the question honestly, the date quickly ended. Days after her failed date, she got an apologetic text message. The other party reiterated that the problem wasn't her -- but her credit score.

Dating websites with names like Credit Score Dating and Date My Credit Scores have sprung up which allow members to indicate the requirements of score they would like their date to have and allowing members to put up their credit scores upfront.

"Many people are so scared of finding the 'wrong person' for marriage that they have become more concerned about finance. They want security from the get-go." said marital expert and matchmaker extraordinaire Hellen Chen.

Being known as "the Matchmaker of the Century," Chen has helped more than 100 singles, many whom have reservations and fear of marriage, to get married and stay married. Her book of the same title became the number one marriage and relationship book on Barnes and Noble as it resonated with readers on how ordinary men and women could overcome extraordinary challenges in their relationships.

In a recent Los Angeles workshop on "How to Find Your Perfect Match and How to Create a Happy Marriage," Chen talks about the qualities that really matter for the long haul of a relationship.

"We all know that money cannot buy love and the stories in the Millionaire Matchmaker belong to the realm of entertainment." said Chen. "Yet you are looking at whether someone makes enough money before you decide to marry. On the flip side, do you really want someone to marry you because of money?"

To the singles and couples at the love workshop event, Chen advised, "Don't miss the important qualities that help a marriage to thrive. Going for incorrect factors and marrying because of those factors will only guarantee your breakups and your becoming another statistic to the high divorce trends in this country."

Chen's marriage philosophy could be found further at MatchmakerOftheCentury.com


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