Author: John Anderer
NEW YORK — From credit card payments to student loans, debt is an inconvenient fact of life for many Americans. Despite being so common, many people feel the need to hide their outstanding debts from potential partners and love interests, according to a new survey of 2,000 U.S. adults
Sponsored by SelfLender, the survey found that about a quarter (24%) of respondents have lied to a new partner about their level of debt. The survey also revealed that many adults are deceptive about their financial situations in general. Three in 10 admit they have lied about their annual salaries, and more than 25% said they have hidden their spending habits from partners.
Perhaps all of that lying is for good reason; 14% of respondents said that credit card debt over $10,000 is a big red flag and possible relationship deal breaker. Additionally, it seems that not all debt is equal in the minds of many adults, with 35% of respondents reporting that credit card debt is worse in their minds than student loan debt. To that end, 50% of adults say bad credit card debt is a major cause for concern in a new potential partner.
Debt isn’t the only finance issue that gets in the way of dating either. Nearly half of all respondents (46%) listed a potential love interest being “cheap” as a major turnoff, while 40% said an inability to keep a steady job is a relationship killer. A poor credit score was also listed as a dating turnoff by 37% of respondents.
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