CONTRA COSTA TIMES - July 27 - With 14.1M workers unemployed in June, men and women are adjusting their ideas on what makes a great date. For many people, unemployment would no longer be a deal-breaker. April Braswell, a dating expert, says that although singles are generally looking for financial stability, they will be more forgiving of someone who has just lost her job -- as long as she shows motivation to get a new one. When the economy crashed in 2008, Match.com had its best quarter. New couples are also more willing to accept a date paying with a coupon from a daily deal site than they were in years past. Paul Falzone of eLove, a matchmaking service since 1974, says singles don't have to impress one another by ordering the most expensive cocktail or having the best seats for the stadium concert.
by Laura Casey
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