I’m a bleeding heart for love. I believe it exists. I believe it trumps all. I don’t believe it should be tied to the number of zeros on your paycheck.
In the personal finance world, I often feel isolated in my beliefs. It seems that many have the opinion that love is contingent on their potential mate’s financial situation; if not their paycheck, then how well they handle the paycheck that they receive. This is smart. You want some security in your life. The number one reason for divorce in our country is financial disagreements. But I still believe in love as the joining of two souls. And while lack of financial leverage is a weakness, I think there are tons of other comparable weaknesses that we all may or may not have.
So I was pleased to find out that I may not be the only one with my beliefs. According to Pew Research, Generation Y is on my side, despite (or perhaps because) of the hardships they’ve faced early on with the recession and its effects. Only 15% say that being successful in a high-paying career is one of the most important things in life, while 34% say that having a successful marriage is.
On the same note, marriage is on the decline. I feel like the 34% may be a low-ball figure as more and more people are opting for relationships of cohabitation without the ring. Yet even when only married people were polled, only 31% quoted financial stability as a good reason to tie the knot. The percentage is the same for unmarried couples.
So I’m not alone. Maybe most of the world still believes in love regardless of dollar signs.