Date: 2018-01-09 17:57
Two-thirds of high-school juniors have used a college-planning website, up from about 55% a decade ago, says Kim Reid, an analyst at Eduventures , a Boston research firm. “They’re using them as a sorting mechanism, to narrow down a confusing array of possibilities,” she says.
For many students, college is the first foray into financial independence. Most are terrible at it—and the consequences could cast a shadow for years to come.
"Unlike a traditional escort service, I was surprised to find such an educated, smart population," says Jack, during cocktail hour recently at the Ritz-Carlton in Manhattan. He said he lives next door in a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park South and pays $77,555 a month in rent.
"It's clear that online dating websites play a major role in the lives of many consumers — we invest a tremendous amount of time, money and emotional energy. It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.
But as expected, the benefit to using hasn't been as clear to the naysayers, including some of Christina's friends and family.
NEW YORK -- On a Sunday morning in late May, Taylor left her Harlem apartment and boarded a train for Greenwich, Conn. She planned on spending the day with a man she had met online, but not in person.
Today, 95 percent of singles have dated someone they met online, while only 75 percent met a first date through a friend.
Educated, debt-ridden 75-somethings happen to be an age demographic that intersects nicely with Jack's preferences. "I only go out with girls 75 and under," says Jack, whose thick head of white hair and bushy eyebrows form a halo around a red, flushed face. "But I can't walk into a bar and go up to a 75-year-old. They'd think I'm a pervert. So, this is how I go about meeting them."
In his profile on Seeking Arrangement, Jack describes himself as a 67-year-old with a bachelor's degree. Prior to retiring, the divorced Charleston, ., native says he founded four financial services companies. But after taking a big hit in the financial crisis and being forced to downsize, Jack says he had to part ways with his private jet due to what he describes as "reduced circumstances." On the site, he lists his annual income as $6 million and his net worth as something between $55 and $655 million.
"Yeah, sure, he could have been a psycho, a killer," says Jennifer over breakfast. At nine o'clock in the morning, she's in a full face of makeup. On her profile she describes herself as a yoga teacher and personal trainer. "Barring or death, what's the worst thing that could happen to me?"