It may not sound romantic, but dating apps are offering researchers great insights into what most people tend to want in prospective partners. And multiple consumer surveys and academic studies have recently found that, at least when it comes to looking for a prospective partner, one's credit score is hugely important, reports Bloomberg. One new survey from the parent of dating sites like Tinder finds that 69% of 2,000 online daters surveyed rank financial stability as very or extremely important, putting it slightly ahead of humor (67%) and well ahead of attractiveness (51%), ambition (50%), courage (42%), and modesty (39%), per a press release.
"If you’ve got a pretty good credit score, you probably have other good personality traits," says Helen Fisher, a researcher at the Kinsey Institute and Match.com's chief scientific advisor. That single number can speak to how responsible and dependable a person is. Fisher goes so far as to call it an "honest indicator of who you really are" that is a "Darwinian mechanism for measuring your reproductive ability." Sure enough, another study finds that people with better credit are better at maintaining relationships, and that the further apart a couple's credit scores are, the greater their chances of separating. So if your score is good, consider flaunting it—most people appear to consider modesty overrated, anyway. (Check out the US cities with the best and worst credit.)