The future seems dim for unemployed single males in the US because their jobless status is hampering their chances for landing a date.
According to a new study conducted by It's Just Lunch (a dating service for professionals), of the 925 people surveyed, a huge percentage of women said they wouldn't date a guy who was unemployed: 75% said it would be unlikely that they'd
date a guy with no job; 33% of these women just wouldn't consider it; 42% said they'd might if he has plans on getting employed in the future; 21% of the women
surveyed said they'd be fine with dating an unemployed guy,
And when the situation was reversed, only one-third of men said they would not date an unemployed woman:two-thirds said they didn't have a problem going out with a
woman who was unemployed; 19% said they'd have "no
reservations"; and 46% said they were positive they'd go out with a
woman who didn't have a job.
While it's tempting to see this as proof that most women are just a bunch of money-grubbing gold-diggers, turns out it has more to do with our desire for a man who was "engaged in an activity," and working is one of them. Irene LaCota, a spokesperson for It's Just Lunch, elaborates a little more on this theory (via Live Science):
Not having a job will definitely make it harder for men to date someone they don't already know. This is the rare area, compared to other topics we've done surveys on, where women's old-fashioned beliefs about sex roles seem to apply.
So unless you want to remain alone for the rest of your life, keeping busy is your best bet, regardless of your gender.