Frisky readers, I need your help putting my momâ€™s fears to rest. Today, she sent me a link to an article on AlterNet about a recentÂ New York TimesÂ trend story that claims single folks are now asking the people they date for theirÂ credit scoresÂ on first dates. â€œI find this very disturbing,â€ my mom wrote. She wasnâ€™t specific about what she found so disturbing, but knowing my mom the way I do, I suspect that while sheâ€™s bothered by the utter invasive shallowness of such a question, especially at such an early point in the â€œrelationship,â€ sheâ€™s also grossed out by the way the credit industry is attempting to infiltrate every possible crevice of our lives.
My first instinct was to call bullshit on this trend, simply because I know how trend stories are made in theÂ New York Times lab. Writerâ€™s friendâ€™s sister hears random weird story over brunch in Brooklyn + press release for new-ish website/book/study related to the topic landing in writerâ€™s inbox in same two week period = ITâ€™S A TREND! See previousÂ NY Timesâ€™Â trend stories on dresses, man buns, Big Buck Hunter and bangs for proof that NY TimesÂ trend stories are either about things that are not trends at all or were trends, like, a year and a half ago.