They dictate your interest rates and credit availability, and they can affect your dating pool too.
The New York Times reports on the trend, starting with a woman who was shocked when her date asked her credit score…
“It was as if the music stopped,” Ms. [Jessica] LaShawn, 31, said, recalling how the date this year went so wrong so quickly after she tried to answer his question honestly. “It was really awkward because he kept telling me that I was the perfect girl for him, but that a low credit score was his deal-breaker.”
The story admits it’s hard to quantify the trend, but found several other examples, including a woman whose boyfriend refused to marry her until she paid down $150,000 in student loan debt. (He declined to be interviewed.)