Despite tough economic times and a solid unemployment rate, a new study has revealed that women are not interested in dating a man with no job.
Dating site, It’s Just Lunch, surveyed 925 men and women and found that a whopping 75per cent of women were turned off by unemployment.
Though notably conducted by a matchmaking service for singles looking to meet ‘normal, well-educated professionals’, the report broke down the numbers to find out whether the votes were finance-based or more complex.
Of the 75per cent only 33per cent staunchly refused to entertain the notion of dating a guy with no job, signalling perhaps that these women were concerned mostly with how much money is in the bank.
But a generous 43per cent said they would consider seeing someone who was unemployed if getting a job was a priority in the near future.
A mere 21per cent responded to the survey by saying they didn’t care and would go out with someone regardless of what their professional ambitions may be.
Men meanwhile were far more open-minded with 46per cent of those participating in the survey certain they would date a woman who was out of work and 19per cent committing to having ‘no reservations’.
As Jezebel pointed out, from the female perspective, the results seem to indicate that where women have traditionally been labelled as gold-diggers, the main priority nowadays is that a guy shows at least some initiative and direction.
The research found that women were more concerned with the idea of a man being ‘engaged in an activity’ that one earning triple figures.
Irene LaCota is a spokesman for It’s Just Lunch told Jezebel: ‘Not having a job will definitely make it harder for men to date someone they don’t already know.
‘This is the rare area, compared to other topics we’ve done surveys on, where women’s old-fashioned beliefs about sex roles seem to apply.’
So while hard times have understandably left many without a paycheck, men who never had a professional goal in the first place are among those who will find it harder to appeal to women.
On the other side of the fence, the fact that so many single men are disinterested in a woman’s career credentials could point to a more old-fashioned attitude that belittles the importance of a woman’s job.