Would you go out with someone who's unemployed?
In case you're one of the few whose never been shown the door, it's worth remembering that losing a job is always tough and, particularly for men, often quite devastating.
The repercussions are wide-ranging, according to a recent study sponsored by the Canadian Auto Workers union which found laid-off workers struggle financially, experience health problems, marital woes and sleep disorders.
But, as if that's not enough, a recent survey conducted by online dating site It's Just Lunch found that 75 percent of women said they wouldn't even go out on a date with an unemployed man.
42 percent of women said they might consider it, but 33 percent said there was no possibility. While the other 25 percent said they would give things a try, they wouldn't want to spend a lot of time in the relationship if the man didn't have a plan in place.
Many women fear that there'll be a financial obligation if they date someone who is out of work. It's not all about money though. Respondents also said that dating someone who is engaged in an activity was an important criterion.
So, as long as the guy's job search is ongoing, he may be ok.
Would someone's job status -- male or female -- mean that much to you before really getting to known them? Or are job prospects/security really important for the outset?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money