Almost everyone wants it and many are willing to do almost anything to get it.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
"This income preference is more pronounced for women." The takeaway: As much as we like to think we are beyond the days of Jane Austen, when suitors were evaluated largely based on how much money they brought in - the famous Mr.
Darcy in "Pride & Prejudice" was worth "Five thousand a year! "Someone's income will almost always factor into the equation," says Douglas Kobak, a financial planner in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Some of those qualities might be age or attractiveness - and some are financial." Indeed, just go on popular dating sites such as Match.com, and one of the criteria for winnowing down potential matches is annual income.