Gold diggers: Not every beauty chooses money over true love

By Karli Morello
March 15, 2007

Ashley Randazzo

Are women in the relationship for love or for money? That is the question.

A study was done by a company called Pocket Change, which hosts speed dating events for rich men and beautiful women, according to

“Women don’t ask ‘So, what does he do for a living?’ because they’re interested in his personality and guys don’t ask ‘is she hot?’ because they’re concerned with character,” states

Most men and women ask these exact two questions when being set up with someone or meeting someone for the first time.

Senior mathematics and secondary education major Christina Gentile said, “I do think money is important, but not the most important thing. This is a trick question because there are some women only in the relationship because of the money – a.k.a. “gold diggers” – but I feel majority of the women, like myself, are in it for the love, and money comes as a luxury.”

So apparently not all women think alike. “Money can’t buy you happiness,” said senior elementary and special education major Colleen Patterson.

According to, when Pocket Change conducts their speed dating events, they have certain criteria that the men have to meet. “Guys who are 25 and under must make at least $200 thousand a year and men between the ages of 26 and 30, $300 thousand a year. Older than 30? The required income level jumps to $500 thousand.”

For women, it is quite different. The only must for a woman is that she be beautiful. Of course men are going to want to shower their beautiful wives with gifts they can buy with the large sums of money and the women are going to eat it up.

Junior English and communication major Lauren Aiken said, “I think money plays a bigger role in relationships now than it ever did. People can be very superficial.”

Aiken does not see money as a large factor in her relationships. “It’s sad to think it’s more about the car you drive than how much you actually care about the person. It doesn’t matter to me how much money someone makes, as long as he’s a good person.”

This same view does not go for all women, as Pocket Change came to find out at their speed dating event.

“Most of the guys checked yes or no, immediately after learning the woman’s name, while the ladies waited until the end of their meetings to scribble down notes on potential suitors,” according to

Obviously, the women were waiting to find out what the man did for a living and how well off he was while the men simply judged by looks. Even the women, like the one who conducted the study, who had jobs and were financially stable were checked as a “no” for the men because they were too involved with their own lives.

Senior English and communication major Katie McNulty said, “Money does play a factor for me along with love. I wouldn’t marry for money but financial stability is important.”

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