Is the Economy Affecting Your Love Life?

July 23, 2009

These are interesting times. “Online Dating Gains as Dow Jones Falls” is the title of an article appearing this year in the LA Times. Who would have thought this would make business news?

The article claimed personal ads were up at Craigslist and that sites such as eHarmoney and had seen a 20% increase in subscribers. Why? Because tough times make people yearn for committed love, yet it’s harder to find as most of us are staying home these days.

However all is not well, even in the online dating world. reported while its online activity has doubled, 84% of those surveyed stated they were dating less and being more selective. Furthermore, women revealed strange happenings such as going on a first date only to have the man announce, upon finishing a pricey dinner, he’d “forgotten his wallet.”

So is marriage a better place to be? Not exactly. True, even divorce attorneys are seeing a decline in business, but it’s not because couples are happier than ever.

Many married couples are facing the difficult challenge of living together, but separately, until the economy turns around so they can afford a divorce. And how’s that working? From personal experience I can tell you stoney silence can be deadening and rage terrifying.

Domestic abuse hotlines and shelters are meeting unprecedented demands and, thanks to budget cuts to support the bailouts, all now have even less money to work with. (Since this is Fairfax Women, odds are you could be a person of influence. If you are, could you please redirect some of the stimulus package to these kinds of resources desperately needed on Main Street?)

What does this all mean for you? Hopefully, you are okay, or even great. However if you, or someone you know, is in a stressful situation that could escalate into something more volatile there are a few things you should know.

Stay tuned…


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