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Sunday, March 14

Price-tag partnerships

Last summer an ad in the personal section of Craiglist was posted by a young Neworker, “spectacularly beautiful” according to her own assessment, who was looking for a husband in the half a million yearly salary range. She confessed that she was through with potential husbands making a quarter of million as they could not help her move to Central Park West. An investor banker answered that he thought about the offer but decided to pass it since her beauty would be fading with time, unlike his wealth, making her a "depreciating asset" as he succinctly put it.


If you think that the lady on the Craiglist is an exception, I am afraid you are wrong. A survey by Prince & Associates revealed that two-thirds of women and half of the men were "very" or "extremely" willing to marry for money. On average men and women said they would marry for $1.5 million. The going rate was $1.1 million for women in their 30s, and $2.2 million for women in their 40s, while men set the bar lower. Men in their 20s wanted $1 million and men in their 40s $1.4 million. Furthermore, among the women in their 20s who said they would marry for money, 71% also added that they expected to get divorced. Among men in their 40s, the rate was 27%.

Do you think we are moving towards price-tag partnerships? What aspects in the other person might convince you to proceed with a long-term commitment?

94 comments:

Julia said...

I've always heard people joke about the idea of marrying money, but the fact that there are those who actually DO this is sort of foreign and confusing to me. I'm sure everyone would appreciate the comfortable (or even lavish) lifestyle that would come with marriage to a wealthy individual, but I've learned from my parents that money doesn't mean much when a person doesn't know how to handle it (actor Nicholas Cage is a prime example of this-he made millions, and spent billions, resulting in many financial difficulties that one would assume to be impossible when and individual makes as much money as Cage).
But really, I don't know. I'd hate to think that our society is becoming more prone to entering marriage based solely on the financial means of their prospective partner (even anticipating divorce in the name of money), but who knows.

My mom married my dad when he was a dirt poor college student who had recently immigrated and was working two jobs to support his parents. She saw that he was hardworking, intelligent, and that he had life goals that were essentially parallel to her own. Almost 23 years later, they are living quite [financially] comfortably (thanks to my dad's perseverance and commitment) together, and are exceptionally happy, because in the long run love is an action and a decision, not a feeling or an asset. These are the qualities that I am on the lookout for in any potential mate... goals, commitment, perseverance, intelligence, etc.

missjai23 said...

Of course I think our society is now starting to marry for money and social statuses ("price tag partnerships") v.s. for love and commitment. Money has become the forefront or the root for many peoples decisions in life. I don't understand the notion of marrying for money or wealth; because money doesn't make me happy. Money may ease some burdens but it definitely doesn't dictate major decisions in my life. Ultimately you can have money today and it can be gone the next day just like that (especially if you don't have it stacked in a hole in your back yard). But when you have a partnership that is based off of love and commitment to your well being, that will be there no matter what the situation is. Marriages takes a lot of work and dedication. Choosing a partner just because of wealth isn't enough because you will be seeking something entirely different once you have obtained that wealth and then the next thing you know the marriage is down the toilet. Then what will you do?

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jtannebe said...

Although I hope we have not become so cynical and that we are not throwing away true romance in return for financial security, I think it is smart since marriage can be seen as a business. If I did indeed marry for money, I would want somebody who came across the money legally (no Bernie Madoff), somebody who has a stable, recession-proof career to ensure that we will always live comfortably, and someone who does not spend frivilously or gamble. Have we become to greedy? Is love and romance now a foreign concept to us? with regard to marrying for money..."what's love got to do with it?"

riverchild said...

I would not say that we are moving toward price-tag partnerships. Haven’t we already seen this type of arrangement with the ancient custom of the dowry? It was even customary for a groom to cancel his wedding, if a promised dowry was not received. People in society have been getting married for money for millennia; I would not classify the survey results mentioned to be a new trend by any measure. Personally, I could never marry for money. I couldn’t care how much was offered. I have seen many couples with money that were completely unhappy. I’d rather be in love and living blissfully in a cardboard box.

Kristi said...

It is not a new concept to marry for money or wealth. An arrange marriage is just that; a contract between two families to help them get what they want. I do see our society turning to that route. Look at what is on our televisions right now, The Bachelor, who is usually a wealthy man, that women “fall in love with” in a matter of a month. They fight for his love and affection but would they do that if he were poor? I doubt it. What kind of an example is that for the younger generations? Money buys stuff not happiness. But that idea may be lost within the next couple of decades.

dream1990 said...

The economy is so bad at this moment that even though its hard to believe and i wouldn't be able to do it , people, men and women are marrying for money. I don't understand how you could be with someone only for the money and not feel anything for them. To me thats just crazy! But then again you have to try and understand why they do it especially women . Now a days women are the ones who take care of the majority of the payments in a home. And also there are many more single mothers now. Money does not buy happiness because once you have all the material things then what do you have. I think that the people that do that may regret it in the long run when they find themselves with everything they could ever have in the world but once they don't have that special person , that special bond that needs to come in marriage they will think twice about what they did.

Bumble Bee87 said...

This is a very scary thought that the world is moving backwards into old customs

lbrown said...

I think that it is great that people are finally admitting they are marrying for money. The concept isn’t new. We’ve been doing this since the invention of marriage. Even before. A marriage about love is a fairly new concept. And let’s face it. Love will only get you so far. It won’t pay the bills and it won’t keep you fed. Ultimately, marriage is a business arrangement. “I’ll watch the kids and do the housework if you work and bring in the money.” Having a million plus to work with certainly makes those aspects of the marriage much easier.

All that being said, money isn’t everything. If you marry for money only, at best, you may be marrying someone you don’t really like. At worst, you are feeding into an unequal relationship, where one partner holds all the power and thus can control you. This can lead to seemingly innocuous things such as what you wear to how you present yourself. It could also lead to spousal abuse. With complete dependence on your spouse, it would be close to impossible to leave.

My mom has always told me to maintain my financial independence no matter what. I choose to keep listening to her.

itszmeweksos said...

Honestly, I don't think true love can be bought. In my opinion, I would never pay someone to marry me knowing that they're only with me for the sole purpose of spending all my hard earned cash. Instead, I want to marry someone that I've spent time with an actually got to know them one on one and learned to love them. Because I think that’s what life is all about finding that one special person that you can share all the years of your life with and have kids with and watch them grow up. So that’s two thumbs down for “Price-tag partnerships”!

Erin Walsh said...

It can be said that many people are beginning to pursue marriage for a different form of stability that at one point may have passed unnoticed. Traditionally, marriage was sought on a number of factors including but not limited to compatability, movement toward the same sort of life goals, and love. Those who went toward marriage for these reasons even made vows binding them to it with promises of remaining in sickness and in health, and for richer or poorer (in certain ceremonies, at least). For some, these traditional desires just may not be enough. Though shocking, it is impossible to deny that many are viewing marriage as a business through money that is inherently invested, not through equal partnership and cooperation. There are many people moving toward marriages that may not be with a respectable partner so much as a supportive bank account.
We are moving toward "price-tag partnerships" because there are many groups of people that would take a sense of security over traditional marriage reasoning. This sense of security is not only to insure the bride or groom is taken care of, but also to insure that they are in good standing with no effort on their behalf. It is appalling that in many situtaions physical beauty is even considered a fair trade for moving into money. There are potential mates that would be content being involved in a marriage that they truly may not be happy in and dealing with characteristics of a partner they may feel no passion for on the prospect that they are sitting on a gold mine.
Discussing aspects in another person that may convince certain types of people to move toward long-term commitment and not agreeing with it personally have made aspects I would look for myself extremely clear. At the moment, I am not very fond of the concept of marriage based solely on the type of mindset we are discussing--lack of effort, apathy, and lack of determination. Though not leaning toward the idea personally, the types of reasoning we're discussing make the aspects I'd look for in that situation very strong in attempts to capture what I think marriage is really about. Money is not and would not be a quality I'd immediately look for in another partner becuase it bothers me on a deep level that there are people in the world who would reduce themselves and limit their success to such a degree that they would depend on someone else's achievements to support them. Marriage should unrefutably be entered as an adult, and as one myself, I have never needed someone to do my work for me and won't start now. Marriage is work, cooperation, and essentially a business, but not on the money that can be gained from it. Marriage is a lifelong commitment to a partner, not a new parent, and I only hope that other adults will recognize that. The thought of being bound to a marriage void of passion for the concept of money is what makes my other desired aspects come into place. I could never see myself imprisoned in a marriage I have no desire to be in. A wealth of money will not make me like or dislike someone more at the end of the day, so I can't imagine being in constant proximity to someone I may not be compatible with at all strictly for funds. I would seek a marriage based strongly on trust and a deep level of understanding. I would seek a marriage equal on both ends, because that sort of work is what helps hold it together. Overall, I would seek marriage for the company of someone I enjoy enough to spend several years with. These apspects can't be bought.

hondasi2007 said...

Yes I believe that people are getting a lot more greedy. With People just wanting tons of money and wanting ro keep getting more money. They are becoming willing to marry someone that they don't care about just so that they will have money. The only problem is that instead of feeling bad about this feeling people are actually acting like this is normal and that it is actually rare if you marry for love.

Marguerita said...

Let’s face it, we all love money, but some of us apparently more than others. With all these sugars daddy websites I keep hearing about I am not surprised by the statistics in this article. I would not personally marry for money, because I know I would get so wrapped up in it that I would lose myself and who I am because I would be so dependent on my husband. What if a people marry for money and then they divorce if there is a prenuptial agreement involved they will end up with little or no money at all and probably no job experience. They may even lose their kids because obviously they cannot financially support them and therefore they will go to their spouse. Do not get me wrong, if I am going to commit to someone they should have a stable job with a good amount of income coming in, but that would not be my number one reason for marrying them. We would have to connect on a very deep level for me to consider marriage.

Dawn Shepperson said...

I think that people have become so jaded when it comes to relationships being able to last based on love, that they are looking to make sure that at least other factors are in place. Many marriages end because of money problems. People know this and think that maybe a relationship has a chance if this factor never arises. In a way, I can totally understand that. I've seen so many people get divorced because of constant fighting over money. I know that in my marriage, it's very nice to know that we can spend our energy concentrating on the more important aspects of our relationship, instead of money all the time.
We all know that there are gold diggers our there. It's actually refreshing that some people are putting it right out there, that way the respondents know exactly what they are getting into. Unfortunately, in order to have a family these days, both parents have to work, unless one person has a well paying job. I know this is something that I have thought about a lot in the past.
But unfortunately, for a lot of people, money makes everything better, or at least bearable. If you can't find the person who is really right for you, at least find someone that can make your life comfortable, right?

Nadia said...

I think today, money has become a more important factor in every branch of life, including marriage. When an individual chooses a job, he/she ponders the money aspect. For a while now, people have used similar rationales in marriage. When you choose someone to marry, not only do you consider their personality, but also the security they provide. A spouse that can supply money is ultimately more attractive than one who is unable to do so. And in today’s economy, money is of even greater importance than it has been in the past few years. As far as personality goes, when selecting a spouse, one is more likely to stay married based on certain factors. If the spouse is honest, compromising, and sincere, marriage is likely to last (or at least last longer). Honesty minimizes the amount of arguing as does sincerity. It is hard to argue with someone who meant well or who was genuine in their actions. Last, but of utmost importance is the ability to compromise. If both spouses are willing to compromise, a happy lifelong marriage is almost always possible. Not compromising is the main reason why people divorce. She wants if her way and he wants it his. If this happens, conflict will arise. When there are too many conflicts, the couple may become agitated and want a divorce.

Garrett said...

I believe that more and more people are looking for large amounts of money in a relationship. You may think these people are greedy but it comes down to security. Back in cavemen days the man with the biggest club was the most attractive because he could protect his mate from attackers. This is the same concept in that money provides for the well being of a person and a person with more money usually lives longer. I consider personality and connection more important than money in a relationship. If you don’t even get along with someone then why be with them? Furthermore, marriage should be a binding of love and passion towards one another, not a business transaction. All in all, money should not be a deciding factor in making a choice on who to marry.

Bumble Bee87 said...

This is a very scary thought that the world is moving backwards into old customs. The idea of marrying for money just puts me off and I don't understand why any man or woman would considered it. No matter how bad off a person is or how good it may sound to marry another who makes over a million dollars a year, money isn't going to make you truly happy. On another note they're people out there that are ok with just having a partner for financial reasons, "To each their own." So I do see more men and women considering the idea of a "price-tag partnership" but in the end I'm hoping it's something that wont seriously catch on to far or we're going to have a lot more of unhappy people around.

ClickClack said...

I do not believe that we are moving to a price tag partnership. I think we are already there everything has there price including a relationship that is serious. you cant marry a person not willing to pay half the bills or put in half the work. Thats why it is called a partnership, you are in this life together and have to support each other mentally and financially. How can a women or a man consider one another as a forever partner if they can not bring anything but love to the marriage that is not all that marriage is about believe me i wish it was, but its not.

Kali winters said...

Marrying for money isn't a new thing. I've heard people talk about it and actually do more times then I can count. I think it's really sad to marry of money, I mean sure you'll be secure but will you and the person you're married to really be happy if money is the whole reason for the marriage. Think about it yes your going to be very wealthy, have whatever you want but if your not attracted to the person your with then how can you possibly stay happy? That will cause a lot of problems, make it hard to get along with your partner, and potentially cause a divorce. Maybe your not worried about getting a divorce, well if your sugar daddy or mama gets you to sign a pre nup then you don't have anything. Even if you don't get a pre nup you're still going to get less then you had before so there's really no point to marry for money unless you happen to love the person you're marrying. That's what I think about that!

kriena lang said...

I think that a lot of younger people are starting to marry for money and social status. I hear people all the time say how they want to marry a rich man when they get older. A lot of people are more worried about having a lot of money and fancy things then actually being in love with their husband or wife. In my opinion no amount of money a person has can take away being in love with their partner. Also, I think once a lot of these couples do get married they realize how unhappy they are and want to get a divorce, and then a lot of times they regret there decision of getting married in the first place.

moneyhoney said...

I think this concept has been around for a long time. Maybe we just wasn't expecting it to still be active in the twenty first century considering that everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve wealth. I personally don't think money is the resolution to all things I think its how hard you work that will get you through life efficiently. You could come from a wealthy background never work a day in your life and lose that wealth in some way what would you have left if you never had the will to work hard in the first place. Money is a factor in marriage but that is just what it is a factor like love, commitment, loyalty and dedication it certainly isn't the majority to me. Maybe some people don't believe in love and choose what might seem like the most sensible way to get through life comfortably by marrying someone of greater or equal wealth.

Lindzy22 said...

It amazes me that people are marrying for the financial purposes. I feel that it is not about money, your supposed to marry someone because you love them. Its upsetting to know that people will post on the internet that they aren't settling for someone who has less than a million dollars. Money doesn't make you happy in the long run, so why is our society turning to " price-tag partnerships" ? Many of those partnerships will most likely end up in divorce, so why would they want to waste their time on a relationship that is only about the money?? I guess only those who want money over love will know the answer, but as for me I feel it makes no sense.

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JustaGirl said...

I dont think that the idea of marrying for money is a new concept in our society, for some reason(maybe the economy) people are just starting to notice it more.The term "gold digger" was coined just for those women who are willing to trade love for financial stability. But there have always been people in our society that narry for money or social status .
I dont beleive there is a rise on this issue just a liitle more awareness, there are still plenty of people, male and female, who marry for love, and although people who marry for money are out there i personally believe its just a small percentage.

Gary Upton said...

Our society has become so superficial that we are looking at partners as assets. I understand that arranged marriages have been going on since the beginning of time. And the criteria were more than likely how the marriage would benefit each family. We do need to make sure when we find a partner that we make sure the person shares the same values, as well that he or she is responsible and going to complement you and not bring you down with them if he or she is in debt. Some men, who are wealthy, seek out potential partners based on their youth and looks, knowingly using his wealth and power to attain them. The problem is most the time when a woman marries for money; she finds that she is not truly happy. Our life is too short to use such criteria such as finding a millionaire as a reason to marry a person. I would rather live my life with someone that I truly love and compliments me as a person than to be with someone because of wealth. If you want wealth, then go out and earn it for yourself, it’s much more rewarding, and if you earn it together with the person you love, that is even better.

precious said...

Marrying for money has been around for centuries it’s nothing new but I think with the internet it is just more in the public eye. So I think that there will always be people how marry for money.
I can’t say that I would never marry for money because I don’t know what the future holds. So far in my one and only marriage I married for love. He was a good man and good to me. We have never had a lot things or money in our life but we have always had each other and enough food on the table. The Lord has always taken care of us.

precious said...

Marrying for money has been around for centuries it’s nothing new but I think with the internet it is just more in the public eye. So I think that there will always be people how marry for money.
I can’t say that I would never marry for money because I don’t know what the future holds. So far in my one and only marriage I married for love. He was a good man and good to me. We have never had a lot things or money in our life but we have always had each other and enough food on the table. The Lord has always taken care of us.

AMRI said...

To be honest, marrying for money has been around for a long time. Just listen to the older generation telling there daughters or grand daughters to marry a wealthy man so they won't have to work and can live very well off. I have not only been told this, but I have heard it from friends mothers and grandmothers. Yes, I feel it is around today, it is obvious in the stats, but I do not feel it is growing today. To be honest, I feel that individuals are starting to become more independent.
For myself, money is good, but it is not everything. I would much rather be dead broke in a happy, healthy relationship, than filthy rich, with someone I married just for money. What people do not realize is, the issues one experiences, internal or external, most of the time do not go away when money comes along.

Athena Smith said...

Some of you have mentioned the old tradition of dowry. Indeed marrying for money has been around. However in the countries where the dowry is still practiced, often other factors are co-assessed as well, such as compatibility. Who is doing the assessing?
The parents.

Antaysia :) said...

On a whole I think a small portion of our society is moving into price-tagged partnership. I believe simply because they have lost the true essence of a partnership. I maybe "old-fashion" but I believe that two people could actually fall and love and live happily ever after. Now, to be realistic there will be ups and downs and the couple cannot live day-to-day just beacause they love each other. They need money. Money is essential but should not be the driving force of why two come together. For me to proceed in a long-term relationship I want someome I am compatible with and we can both do our part financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually for our home,our individual self and each other. I don't want a bumb on the street yet I can live without Joe The Millionaire.

JWarner said...

Society has become more materialistic than older generations. However, I would like to believe that everyone marrys for love and not money. I do believe that an enormous amount of money can make alot of people do crazy things, like marriage. As for the age, I think that as you get older, you want to live comfortably, and that is why money and wether a person has children or wants more children plays a huge role. A girl once told me "its just as easy to love a rich man than a poor man" and that same girl married a millionare. She might be right, because maybe there isnt a such thing as "the one" and maybe older people realize that. I guess marrying for money is easy because you can always get a divorce, and that is the simple truth of why they even bother getting married. They figure that they will come out ahead either way.

KP said...

I absolutely can see how desperate people can be these days to be financially taken care of and that coming before love and commitment. especially woman that want to be taken care of its a much easier way to go in a relationship. eventually people do realize that you cannot have a marriage revolved around money and wealth, because something will always be missing. but then again, most married couples will say that love is just not enough to keep a marriage together, with it comes finances and many more things that tend to cause the majority of the problems in the marriage. i think it is up to a person and the values they have.

ycampos said...

I think it has Always been this way. Back in the late eighteenth century you were encouraged to marry for money. It was a way of life especially if your parents did not have a lot of money themselves. I think when you already have money you are at liberty to marry for more so than you if you were poor, where you would need to worry about your future. I don't think much has changed since then for the exception of women being more in power of their cAreers and their choices.

Athena Smith said...

Actually the definition of "desperate" may be changing. In the past you were desperate if you did not have a roof over your head. Today you are desperate if you don't live in an apartment on the 5th Ave.

Atro said...

We are definitely moving towards price-tag partnerships. People are looking past looks and personality and going straight for how much the person is worth. We are forgetting about choosing someone that we actually love and care for and focusing on their dollar signs. Then if the money is all gone we don't even hesitate on getting a divorce and move right on to the next person. It's like when you see a really young and attractive girl with an 80 year old man because when he's gone she gets all of the money. It just seems wrong and depressing in a way.

yaya07 said...

I do believe that we are moving towards price-tag partnerships. In this generation it is much harder to get a good paying job. Everything is priced higher than ever and there are people who would marry for the money. Two salaries are better than one and I think that is what we have been striving for. With the media being a huge influence on making more money and marrying to combine income it is likely for us to conform to what seems to be working for others. Many people are out there seeking a long-term commitment for different reasons than before. If it’s not for love, it’s certainly for the money.

Alex Logsdon said...

First off the comment the man made in response to the woman's post on Craigslist was great. It all depends on who you're with and what kind of person you are. I would never marry for money because I would like to think my partner and I actually love and care for each other. As we discussed in class earlier today our generation has a different way of thinking. We are more liberal and open-minded and I believe these figures will shrink in a few years. Although our American society bases how successful someone is based on monetary income, there is still the human aspect of attraction both physical and mental. You must know who you are going to marry to avoid this and it should be a civil union not marriage. People think money will make them happy, it might help but it doesn't change and shouldn't change who you are.

Ashley Alexander said...

People who marry for money and only look for money in a relationship are pathetic and in route to a sad life. It is totally different if you meet someone and are unaware of their wealth, but to go and look for it is absurd. You marry someone for love and because for whatever reason you want to be with them, wealthy or not. The only point I agree with those gold diggers on is yes they should expect a divorce, because money doesn’t hold everything together there are things that have to be dealt with sooner or later. I really hope this country is not moving forward into an idea like that, and if it does I only see a small portion going that way. I hope there are enough people who believe in love and hard work rather than money and status to make them happy.

Lauren Plunk said...

All through growing up we had a name for women like this, who marry for money, Gold diggers. Women who marry on the only account of the man having wealth disgust me. Don't get me wrong, having money is great, bu that being the only thing that you want in the opposite sex is completely wrong. Other characteristics like personality, physical appearance, religion, morals, and plans for the future should also be considered. A relation can not work without some these aspects. Being able to get along with the other person, being able to compromise, and being attracted to the other person is also very important. Only have one life to live and you shouldn't live it miserable because you feel money can fill the position of love. Money can only give you happiness to a certain extent.

yolkia said...

“Price tag partnership” I don’t think is a new thing. I think is being out there forever, but before people was more conscious of what they were doing. I admire the people that have the nerve to just been themselves and admit that they want to get married with their rich prince or princess. Most of them do it just because they want stability “secure future”. Sad to see that they prefer money over love where their relationship might last a couple months, years but at the end it will be a failure because money not always make you happy.

Megan Biretz said...

I think this is something that has always existed to some extent and always will. I believe it will certainly grow as people become more diverse and society sees more things and customs changing. Something like this that, say 100 years ago, was almost never happening, now is going to happen more just because people don't care what anybody else thinks now.

It's a different time and people are more open to new (and sometimes once un-appreciated) things, such as this "price-tag partnership".

I just think over time, this will become a "norm", as well as other things that are or once were looked down upon.

Everything changes in society over time.

LaurenW said...

Marriage just like any other partnership takes a lot of work, a lot of compromise and at least a basic respect for what the other person wants. Any relationship that lacks those elements probably won’t last very long, big fat stinky check or no. That’s not to say that people who get married for money never work it out. I’m sure there are plenty of couples out there that got together for less than romantic reasons and grew to genuinely care about each other over time. After all people who get married because they are hopelessly infatuated with each other will eventually have to face the same day to day trials the money couple face. Are we compatible enough to make this work? Do we have like minds, like expectations of each other, like goals? I can’t imagine we are moving toward relationships based solely on security as a society, but I’d like to think we are (as a society) moving towards a more realistic view of what it takes to truly make a relationship last. Money management can be just as important to the health of a relationship as common beliefs or physical attraction, maybe even more so at times because money is something that is needed to live, something that has to be considered everyday.

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dawn drake said...

I do believe that certain people would marry for money. It is sad that there are men and women out there that are more interested in someones bank account then finding love. I have an uncle that married when he had nothing and became filthy rich. He is now divorced. It just goes to show that money cannot buy you happiness. If someone wants to lower their standards to marry someone for their money and then divorce them in the future just to be able to get some of their money. Then how long do they think that their looks are going to attract the opposite sex to be able to keep doing that over and over. Yes, they will have money, but how happy will they be when they are all alone with no one to share it with. Love is amazing, and when you find that person that you want to spend your time with nothing compares to that. Money can come and go, having someone next to you that you love and cherish for the rest of your life is priceless.

Thaer said...

I believe people are marrying for price-tag partnership. The economy as of right now is so bad, nobody cares for love just money. People are basically happy with just money and no love in their life. If they are having the bills paid and have shopping money without even working, then their set. Everyone is turning lazy and they don't want to work so they go find another man or woman that has money too take care of themselves and they fake the love. Now a days, people don't even spend time being engaged, if they know they have money then they don't waste no time for the wedding. So people are ruining ones another love life for money.

jimayyee said...

Marrying for money has been around for quite long now. There are a lot of people marrying for money and in my opinion, I think as a society, people are soon going to be moving towards "price-tag partnerships." Do I support it? No. Honestly, I don't think marrying someone for their money has any benefits except of course, money. Many people may think money can buy them happiness, but in reality, it doesn't. I think money only relieves stress up to a certain level covering your basic needs. Once, basic needs are covered, happiness will soon fade away because you become worried about how to manage and preserve the money. To me, I think you should marry the person you love and who makes you happy; not with money, but themselves.

Yeiria said...

I definitely think that we are moving towards price-tag partnerships. In this economy, especially, I’m sure more people are interested in what’s in your pocket, not your heart. It would be reassuring to know that you are set financially for life and never have to struggle. It’s so sad to know that getting married is no longer about love. People get married for many different reasons. Sometimes they feel obligated because they have kids with the person or they’re pressured by their parents and media. In some cases, one partner is trying to get citizenship or just want to get married because the benefits are better. When I was younger I used to say that I was going to get married and get a divorce. Obviously I had seen a lot of peers’ parents as well as mine go through it. Even now, I don’t want to get married at such a young age, because you never know what the future holds. Nowadays you have to get a prenuptial agreement but even that says that you don’t really know who you got with and don’t trust the other person. Things happen and people change. Most people’s attitude about the other person is, “what can you do for me” and “how will this marriage benefit me”. In a relationship I look for trust and communication. To me, that is all you need. You both can work and live comfortably if you have set goals for yourselves. The money left over would be to enjoy the little things in life. Being with someone I am comfortable around and can honestly say I adore, would make me happier in the long run. I’m not saying money can’t buy happiness because I am so happy when I have money, but it’s a kind of pseudo love and that’s what you have if you marry for money, a pseudo relationship.

btappen said...

Personally, I do not think I could ever marry for money. But if I were to do such a thing I would try and look for other positive traits of the other person to try and keep myself happy, money can't buy happiness. The fact that people are actualy doing something like this says a lot about why our divorce rates are so high. Some people think without money you have nothing, and depending on how you look at it it's true for some people. People today need to open their eyes and realize money isn't everything. I would most deffinitely prefer to be broke than be in an unhappy relationship with someone i've never loved just so I can buy whatever I want whenever I want. And as far as the women marrying for money, try getting an education and a good job and you won't need to look to anybody else for money.

P-Walk3 said...

Personally I think that as a society were are moving closer and closer towards those types of marriages because fewer and fewer people feel that it isn't necessary to work for for the money you get. Those types of people expect easy compensation for no work. I thought that it would have been mostly women that want to marry into money because the wanted to be pampered, I didn't expect that men would want $1 million. The biggest problems I see with this marriage is that over ¾ ths of the people expect to get divorced, and the purpose of marriage is not to put off and approaching divorce.

lost said...

Unfortunatly she is not the only one in the world that think like that. Part of this comes from there back ground to a serent point . For example, if their parents always buy them things because they dont have the time to spend with them and show them what love is really; they tend take that with them into their adult lifes. In fact marrying for money is everywhere from every day life all the way to the military marrying for the extra money. I think people just try to leave above there means so in return marrying for money . In my opinon it is dead wrong. But to each there own. After you have the money you still wont be satisfied. then what?

Mariana Yarleque said...

Something I learned in my Marriage & Families class was that regardless of our personal social class or economic status, we all "bargain" when searching for a spouse. Using the word bargaining refers to when we basically trade qualities of our own with the qualities that someone we are interested in hold. Therefore if we do that on an everyday basis like with the "I have my B.A. so I'd want a guy with them same or higher" mentality, I would say we are definitely heading to a price-tag partnership not seeming as un-average as now in the coming years.

rrodriguez30 said...

Yes, I think we are moving towards price-tag partnership. I believe at this present time its all about money and keeping up with glamorous lifestyles. Money has taken the place of love. For me, a long term commitment to work he would have to be trustworthy, hard-working, devoted to his family, and not matter what financial status occurs, he will stay consistent and compassionate to his beliefs. Goals are important too. I have it all from my husband, devoted hard worker, loves his kids, and financial goals too. All in all, I am convince a relationship can last long with those qualities.

trampus said...

I personally can't stand what we have come to call "gold diggers". My belief is that people who marry for money have very low or no morals at all. Everyone knows money can't buy you love. It can buy you a partner that most likely won't be by you side for long. Love is a connection between two people that has nothing to do with money. I once heard that love is the soles recognition of its counter point in another. As far as I'm concerned you can't put a price tag on that. As far as the whole price tag partnerships go i think we would most certainly see a lot more of those marriages if the economy would pick back up. But for now all the money seeking leaches will have to settle for a lot less.

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Kimberly said...

When I read this blog entry, I couldn’t believe that there are such people out there like this in the world, you always see these types of people on T.V shows and movies, but I never thought people like this existed in the real world. However, the more I thought about situations and people like this, the more I believe there are tons of people out there who will marry for money, and money alone. I think more and more people out there today will marry for money, and not have another thought in their head about who the person is really that they are marrying, when odds are that they will end up getting a divorce before they know it, but maybe that’s what people who marry for money want, a divorce, if there is no prenuptial agreement, then there chance to get a sufficient amount of money is quite good. Sadly, this is what our world is coming to, people sinking so low, that they don’t want to go to college to get an education themselves, which will help them get a job making money. Instead people want the easy way out. Kind of disappointing in our society if you ask me.

Erin Paull said...

As much as I hate to say this I really do believe we are living in a society where is marriage is based upon another persons income. I think this concept is ridiculous.. I have listened to a few friends who are miserable with their significant other but are staying with them because they feel they will be taken care of because their spouse makes money. First of all, how are you suppose to know that this financial happiness will last? My parents raised me to be independent and to not have to rely on any guy to support me. Marriage use to be something sacred, something that couples cherished now people are getting married at a much younger age and they haven't been together that long. Marriage should happen when you are with someone whom you love, trust, someone who's your best friend who you can be with through thick and thin for the rest of your life. People wonder why divorce rates are so high!

justfish247 said...

Different people want different things from relationships. The idea of having a relationship or marriage to further yourself is not a new concept at all. The difference is they were a little more discrete than they are now. For any that don’t believe that price tag relationships have been around for some time, only have to look as far back as Anna Nicole Smith. Also, is this not just about the same as mail order brides? Only difference between the two is locality.
In truth I feel as though both people in this situation are severely flawed. One has trust issues and the other has to go through life as a rental. Both have essentially ruled out the possibility of ever falling in love or having that emotion. These types of people go through life only knowing what it feels like to have belongings.
Anyone can kid themselves but the number one thing people look for is if they are attracted to that person. There are many things after attraction, like sense of humor, drive, intelligence, sex and common interests. The one thing that I believe all this has in common is that you get to know the person. This process of getting to know one another leads to gaining trust. This can lead to the foundation of a good relationship.

GoGreen said...

We are indeed moving towards price-tag partnerships. Today, our society emphasizes a lot on money and how much does this and that person make each year. It is portrayed all over the media. Also, considering the economy isn’t so great, people are busy worrying about money and how they can live with the little amount of money they have. In shows such as Real Housewives of Orange Country, a few women I feel married to their significant other because of the money their husband have and not completely on their love for each other. Typically their relationship leads to a downfall once they have to worry about money and how they are spending it. Although these housewives do not have to work or do anything around the house, I feel that there is sadness inside because they aren’t really together because they love each other. I feel that they begin to love the other person more because he has a tremendous amount of money that can support her spending habits. It is truly sad to see some of these people only marrying for money. Some girls may think that marrying to a rich man will make them truly happy but I think there will be a point in the marriage where money comes into conflict.
For me, my significant other has to have ambitions. He has to be able to make enough money to support himself and his family. I don’t mean that he has to make money for me but he has to be able to work and support himself and do not rely on me for money. I can’t be with a guy in a long-term relationship and have him being so lazy and not have any ambitions to do great things. Money isn’t everything but one has to make money in order to live.

The great misdirect said...

I think people are too hung up on status these days "I have to have an expensive car I have to live in so in so area" and they dont seem to care much about their partners personality or if they are compatible with each other. That is why these relationships often end in divorce because monetary value is all they are really interested in. my advice to these men is to get the potential wife to sign a prenuptial agreement because that seems like their ultimate goal and alterior motive in all this to take half of his assets. when I look for a potential girlfriend I look for someone I can have an intellectual conversation with, someone I can actually relate to and someone who is on the right path to success. In the end I believe money complicates things and turns people greedy. They tend to forget about the little things in life that can make you happy like a nice conversation where you actually get to know someone better or bonding through actually having to work together to support the household.

Moonbeam said...

I don't necessarily think that society as a whole is moving towards price-tag partnerships. I do believe it is becoming more popular, though, especially with the failing economy. I believe that relationships should be based on love, trust, and mutual goals, and not for financial gain. I think it is very sad that people feel that money should be the main objective in a relationship and in their lives. Isn't happiness and love more important than money?
Personally, I cannot imagine becoming involved in a relationship just for the money. Money does not bring happiness, and more than likely, in a relationship built on financial gain, a couple would not be happy together for an extended period of time.

silk said...

That’s a funny article but very true a lot of people do seem to just marry people for their money or what they could do for them. I honestly feel like we are moving toward a price tag relationship but at the same time there is still some hope for some people out there who believe that there is more to a relationship than just money and what the person could offer you. For example a person could truly have genuine feelings for that person and care about the person mentally and physically and money won’t have any effect on how the person would feel about you.

hrayy09 said...

I think the majority of the population don't marry into money even though they are thinking about it and would rather too. Relationships and love can not be forced and money is an excuse to be together. I think its quite sad if someone wants to marry for money because of course divorce is waiting to happen if there is no connection between them. I'm not married, but I do observe that when someone has made a mistake or a wrong turn the other person is there for them. According to the statistics though, it seems like a lot of people are willing to marry for money. A long term commitment takes a lot from a person including trust, communication, patience and honesty. I believe those are the main factors in order to stay together for a long time.

Mudbeaver said...

Most women might not want to openly admit to marrying into money but most desire it out of fear of living in poverty. Although, if you have been labeled as lower class all your life, then you might not know any difference and dont have the desire to marry money. It might actually be uncomfortable as families clash. I dated a rich girl once and hated it. She was so girly and thought she was better than everyone else. It was embarrasing for me to be around her in public so i got rid of her after a few months. It was fun driving her car while it lasted but thats about it. I would love to find a sweet down to earth clean cute little Republican Hippie. Maybe im asking too much but being rich doesnt make you happy. I used to make alot of money in my early teens and so many people pretend to be your friend out of the excitemnet of it all. Dont get me wrong though, i have so many awesome memories of so many adventures spending it all but whatever. As you get older life becomes more like a game of chess and you can never rely on the miracle of God for intervention! Success should be defined as you and your partner against the world! Not me, my money, you, your money against the world!

neither said...

Like the man said, he pass because over time looks depreciate. In marrying for money you have to have something that the person with the money wants because at that point it becomes and investment and not a marriage at all. I know its here in the U.S already.

Dijabou said...

I do think that society is moving towards money based marriages, which is a very sad concept. Many marriages today are based on what assets the partners can bring to the table. No wonder 50% of marriages in the U.S. end up in divorce. The pathetic part is, divorce is a very costly process that ends up taking most of the money anyways. Marriage should not be based solely on frivolous things like money and social status, but instead on compatibility, love, interests, etc. Don't get me wrong, I don't think that people should doom themselves to a life of poverty, but money is not an aspect that will contribute to happiness in the long run. Come on people, stop being shallow! The important lesson is: money can disappear as fast as it appears so it shouldn't qualify as a tie-breaker in a relationship.

pricethepig2002 said...

I don’t believe that we are moving to a price-tag partnership. I feel that more people are inclined to enter a relationship that is based on affection and attraction than one that focuses on substantial wealth. Only in the last century or so did marriages stop being solely about financial stability and social standing. Those marriages were frequently arranged and often the couple did not even meet until just before their wedding. Now people usually date for a long time before they decide that they are compatible enough to marry one another. Though money may impact many relationships, I feel it no longer controls them.

Gerald Dodd said...

I think in some ways we are moving toward a price tag because so many people care about how much their partner makes that they are willing to dump somebody the minute they find out their salary. Another way you can tell that we are moving toward a price tag partnership is that most people get married just to divorce the person and get their money.
Now in the part of which aspects I look for in a long term partner, it is simple. I look for a person I can get along with, a person who has a since of humor, and someone I can talk to about anything. Other than those aspects I also look for a girl who is attractive and to put that to scale, they have to be six out of ten. These are the aspects I look for in a long term partnership.

sean1391 said...

I do not feel that we are moving towards price-tag partnerships any more than we already have. I don’t think it is any different than it used to be, people are just more open about what they want. I think a lot has to do with how a person was raised or was not raised. Some people who were raised with parents with lots of money want to keep that lifestyle and set out to look for someone who can give them what they have always had. Some people who were not raised with a certain lifestyle might want a richer lifestyle and set out to look for someone who can give them that. An aspect that rates in the top three should be their personality. If the other person’s personality is not compatible with yours, then you should not proceed with a long-term commitment.

scrappy doo said...

For the love or money, I believe most people are scare to confess that they would marry for money. To be honest, a lot of people are really going through this. Take a look at our economy, times are ruff and people will go through extreme measure just to live comfortable. Take for instance; I have a family member that had married for money. She was 18 when she married this person, thinking that he would take care of her for the rest of her life. She was wrong, because they struggled throughout their marriage. Looks were very conceiving he had no money and he messed up her credit. To make a long story short don’t marry for money, marry for love.

PaviElleS said...

I think some marriages in general are only set up around money. It’s defiantly not anything new, even in gossip you hear girls talk about “she’s just with him for the money.” However I can’t blame some for doing so. It’s selfish, but sometimes in order to keep a happy family, you at least need some type of financial stability to look forward to having meals around a dinner table. I would love to think that a real happy family could still survive in this type of economy just on love alone, but it’s not practical. But marring someone for their money isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it just comes to show that someone is thinking of the future and practically.

bluntness said...

I do believe we are moving towards price-tag partnerships. We do need money to survive and live comfortable, but to marry someone just for money is wrong. I think that some people believe that money will make them happy. As the saying goes” more money more problems.” I would like someone who has subtle confidence, motivated, hard working and have goals to proceed in a long-term commitment. If we get rich, that’s wonderful; if we don’t that would be fine. I couldn’t see myself marrying someone just for their money. What about the person’s personality and character? It is sad to see what we have determined to be important to us as a society.

KeyKey said...

I think a lot of people worry about where the partner is at financially. I thin this because financial problems are big factors in divorce today. I don’t think we are moving toward marrying for money these days. Maybe some people, but when it comes down to it. I don’t see how a person can be really happy in a relationship when they are not in love with that person. I believe when two people that love each other are in love, and truly love each other find happiness in every situation. Happiness is worth much more than money any day even if the couple don’t have much financially they can sill be happy. There is no telling from day to day what may happen, money comes and goes.

Destinee Perez said...

I personally think that people in this society are marrying into money. They have no clue what they are getting into when this happens. People think that money is something that is going to make them happy, but in a sad reality, it is not. People like the lady that had that craigslist ad do not use their brain fully, in my opinion. Why would you post that you want to marry somebody with money? No "good guy" is going to want to be with you when clearly all you want is their money. Being rich is something that you have to work for, it takes time. people that choose a mindset like this have a lot coming for them that they did not expect.

GatorBoy said...

I don’t think we are turning towards price-tag partnerships. There are still a lot of people who want to marry the old fashioned way. I honestly don’t think you can buy love. I believe that if you marry for money, in the end you will not be happy. Hence, the two-thirds of women say they will end up getting a divorce. I think the sole reason you get married is because you have known a person for a long time and you truly do love them. And you want to spend the rest of your lives with them.

spatel said...

I think our society is starting to marry for money versues love marriage.It seems like now and days anyone would marry a person that has a lot of money in their pocket.I've heard many say,"Money makes me happy." I don't believe that what-so-ever.Money doesn't make you happy.Yeah, a person may have a lot of but they may not have good character.Also,money can't buy you love.You may what you want but you'll be missing out on true love.Lastly,you may have a lot of money one day,and the next day it could be gone within a blink of an eye.You would lose everything,but true love will always be there.

Goodfella said...

Marrying for money has been around for a while, but now since times are getting hard i think it's getting even more common. Some people have a love for money stronger than others, so they would put material things over love, but if your main love is money you're going to end up lonely, because it's not going to go on forever. I see people everyday that are with their partner for material things, but marriage is a different story, you can't milk it forever. Why would you want to wake up next to somebody in the morning that's not there for you. I also have a love for money, but I'm trying to get it the right way. As you get older in life you mature and start to appreciate different things. Love is one of those things; to settle down with someone that is with you for all the right reasons. When you try to impress a girl by your bank account or what kind of car you drive, what do you expect her to think of when she looks at you? For a long term relatioship I would just want someone who's there for me just as much as I'm there for her. She would have to be loyal and stand by my side through hard times. Someone who I can communicate with any time of the day; be as beautiful inside as she is outside.

Paul Ackbar said...

I can see society moving into a price-tag marriages. In some cultures, like Indian and Arabic culture, arranged marriages are always common. Usually it is the poor woman marrying a wealthy man, even if there is a huge age difference. Many young teens and even women want a husband that has money. Money cannot buy happiness, but people know it can do a lot for a relationship. They even have T.V. shows about men finding wives that do not want them for their money. Hopefully, families can still carry on tradition of marrying someone you love and not what they own. If this does move into a price-tag marriage society, we might as well remove this quote from getting married... "In rich or for poorer...".

Vivianle said...

Marriage is supposed to be about loving each other and commitment. Its shame now how many would just marry for money. How can one be happy in a marriage that only revolves around money? True love can’t be bought because you are in love with the money not your “husband.” Suppose I marry to a millionaire, it is still not my money unless he gives it to me. He still has all the authority and may take control of me. I personally do not want to be in a doubtful relationship where he can leave at anytime and I will be left with nothing. I rather make my own money and marry the one I love. I believe those whom married for love, are miserable. Money cannot buy love or happiness.

Latifah Aziz said...

Let me start off by saying it is sad to hear better yet see that there are people out there that would marry just for money. There is a saying that money can’t by you love. Love is something that you cherish and to be able to share that with someone you care about is amazing. I do feel that some Americans mostly women are moving towards price-tag partnerships. These women or even men are nothing but gold diggers to me.

I am currently engaged and I would never marry him just for his money. There are different aspects in him that has already convince me to proceed with a long-term commitment. Just to name a few aspects: he is caring, good looking, educated, hard working, and loving.

Anderson11 said...

Of course! Everyone wants to be financially strong whether they work their whole lives for it, hit the lottery, or even marry into it. I believe that everyone has their own price to where they would marry someone for that money because everyone has wants and needs and they base their price tag on those principals. Aspects in the other person that would convince me to proceed with a long term commitment would mainly be based on TRUST. Trust is a really big thing for me. I'd also like the other person to be hard working and dedicated to everything they do just like i do. Education is a huge variable to the equation because I don't want to marry someone that is stupid. They need to be street smart as well as book smart.

SkipperJ said...

I believe the problem with marrying for money is progressively getting worse. A good example is my sister. She once married for love and it led to divorce, from that point she is now currently interested with a man with "deep pockets". The women that do this are usually unhappy in the end despite getting everything they desire, and the marriage leads to divorce. From my standpoint a marriage is for love and I would rather have someone that I truly love than to have someone give me whatever I want.

Nermin Mohamed said...

I don't think we are moving towards price-tag partnerships. Yes, some people marry for money, but the majority of people don't. I believe that money is a factor in marriage, just like education, love, loyalty, and commitment. A marriage can't be based on money, yet it probably won't last without money. If both partners can't pay the bills, then more conflict will arise and they may end up having a divorce. On the other hand, if a poor partner marries a rich partner, then the rich partner might feel that he/she has more power because the poor partner is dependent on him/her and may end up abusing the poor partner. Moreover, the poor partner might feel out of place and that he/she can't fit in this life.
I believe that for a marriage to last both partners should be in love, compatible, and are not dependent on each other.

Karly B. said...

I can't say that marrying for money is anything new. People now a days are just more up front about it. Many believe the only way to live life is to be filthy rich. The burden of bills is their biggest nightmare. I can agree that life with money could make life somewhat easier. To me though, money does not equal happiness. I mean, can they honestly tell me they are truly happy with marrying someone knowing only their income. Also, they are admitting that these "marriages" will likely end up divorced. So my question is, how long can they keep doing this? Will they end up broke and alone in the end?

Engineer09 said...

As sad as it is, “price tag partnerships” are something that society is moving closer to. I have heard a lot of students and adults joke about what they would do for money. Sure it may be a joke, but usually there is some truth behind the joke. I don’t really like the idea of marrying for money. It is not very logical for someone that has a lot of money to necessarily bribe a person who they may not really even like or vice versa. Would you really want to be in a relationship with a person that you only married for money? People lose money and looks will fade with the changes of time. I suppose that people think that “if I don’t like it anymore I can just quit”. A person can try to claim that they are free from their past, but it is not so easy to just forget. This is especially if you have children with the person. For the people that believe there is an easy way out, there never is. The time spent with the person can never be recovered. If there is no love, respect, and nothing in common in the relationship, they will be wasting their time on money.

monimar9302 said...

I definitely see our society turning into a "Price-tag partnership". Yes money is a very important factor when it comes to deciding on getting married. You want to feel stable and secure with knowing you are going to be good when it comes to the finances. But there are other factors that come into play when deciding on a marriage. Love is a very important factor. With out love you have nothing, money can run out quick but if you have true love you can overcome anything. I will never marry for money, love should be the most important reason as to why you get married.

Sunny said...

I personally believe that some our moving towards price tag partnerships. I have many friend that joke around and say that they just want to quit school and become "gold-diggers." I know when people say it some joke around but other truly mean it. I mean everyone would love to have a secure future but things do not always work out that way. Now is probably the time where this is present since there is a lot of financial trouble. I have dated a girl before who was with me because of money and it did not work out to well because its obvious. It was not at first but after a while it was annoying. It felt as if she was dating my bank account instead of me. With all this people do need to realize that money does not bring happiness, true happiness lies with in your relationship and the love that is present there to keep your flames ignited. Money will bring you a sense of joy for a short amount of time but true love will not stop giving. Something that I look for in a potential mate would be commitment, success, intelligent, caring, independent, etc. The main thing for me would probably be the personality.

Sunny said...

I personally believe that some our moving towards price tag partnerships. I have many friend that joke around and say that they just want to quit school and become "gold-diggers." I know when people say it some joke around but other truly mean it. I mean everyone would love to have a secure future but things do not always work out that way. Now is probably the time where this is present since there is a lot of financial trouble. I have dated a girl before who was with me because of money and it did not work out to well because its obvious. It was not at first but after a while it was annoying. It felt as if she was dating my bank account instead of me. With all this people do need to realize that money does not bring happiness, true happiness lies with in your relationship and the love that is present there to keep your flames ignited. Money will bring you a sense of joy for a short amount of time but true love will not stop giving. Something that I look for in a potential mate would be commitment, success, intelligent, caring, independent, etc. The main thing for me would probably be the personality.

Jesse said...

I think getting married in order to become rich is completely ridiculous. Even though many people now do get married because of money, I still don't believe it is something that people should be doing. In the first place why would the person who has the money want to marry someone who only wants them for that reason and nothing else. Even though into days era divorce is easier then it has been in the past to get, but why would anyone in their right mind want to marry someone who only wants them for their money and has a high chance of divorcing that person and then having to give that person part of their hard earned money for the divorce. People now a days are only concerned about how much money the other person makes and not so much on finding someone who is actually gunna be their for them when they need it or to take care of them when they can't do it themselves. Just because a person has money doesn't mean that they are happy with their lives. Some of the richest people in the world are also the saddest people too. Even though you don't see people just coming out and saying they are just marrying for money doesn't mean it doesn't happen offten, and even if it's not marrying the person there are still people who only go out with wealth or just people with money for that only reason. So in all people now a days are more interested in money then finding someone that they actually want to be with.

Nga Nguyen said...

This century has gotten so caught up in the whole mess of wanting money and will do anything to have money in their account. Everything in this world involves money and there are so many people out there who take money so serious to the point they would just get married just to have a fair share of the wealth. Honestly, this is so shameful to say but I do believe we are moving towards price-tag partnerships. Now a day's people will get married just for the money and not for the true love. I find it so upsetting that this woman could even thought of this idea and actually have the courage to take it into action. The aspects in the other person that could convince me to proceed to a long-term commitment would be how much that other person loves me and the strong bond that we've built.

Torie said...

Going toward it? I think we are already there. Those who are very vocal about marry someone that is already financially stable. We call them "gold-diggers." At this point, though, the idea of marrying for monetary gain is looked down upon. But I feel like it's slowly being ingrained in the minds of the youths. My mother use to say that when I get married, it should be to someone I love and someone I felt like I could spend my life with. But there was always the tag line "but remember Torie, love doesn't pay the bills." That has always stuck with me. My mother and father have always had to struggle to make it. And as much as they loved each other, never having enough money definitely ate at their relationship. I noticed that as a child. Even though I don't see myself explicitly looking for a walking bank account to marry, I notice that in my list of traits I require for a significant other, being a hard worker and knowing how to handle their money is definitely at the top of the roster. Unfortunately, you need money to survive.

NHamilton said...

I do not think that we are moving toward a price-tag partnership. There are the few percentage of people out there that look for a spouse based on income, however, majority of the people in our society marry for love and the bond formed in a relationship. The people whose marriages are based on wealth are the people that are most likely to be unhappy and get divorced. Marriage is and should be based on the individual, not their income. Out of the two, the people who base their marriage on love are the people that will enjoy life more and have a stronger and longer lasting marriage.

fullbluemoon said...

Do I think we are moving towards price tag relationships? Well as I see it, aren’t we already there to a certain extent? I believe that many men and women are and have been marrying into money for years now. For some it starts with how they were raised. In my case I was always told to never rely on a man for financial reasons, which means I will always be able to support myself. For me the aspects I look for in a man in order to have a good long term relationship is not financially related. The main thing I look. It defiantly means more to me to see someone who is hard working for what they have even if means they are not making the millions.

fullbluemoon said...

*The main thing I look for besides love and friendship is motivation and hard work.

-Sorry this sentence got deleted on accident

ycolon said...

The idea of marrying for money or wealth has been around for centuries, the ideals of a marriage have been watered down by the media and t.v shows. I'm not surprised at the statistics. I personally don't think love can be bought. I was raised to always be financially independent and to especially never rely on a man's wealth because i have seen some bad choices like those being made and the women most of the time end up with nothing having to start over. I don't need his money to make me happy, but how he treats me and how we can work together to make a balanced relationship work.