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Could You Date Someone With Less Education?

As new graduates around the country collect their degrees, the majority of them will be women. Since 2000, women make up at least 57 percent of the country's college students.

This stat got me thinking about the dating pool (naturally), and how many women will probably end up dating men who don't have the same level of traditional education. So I want to know: would you date someone who had less education than you if they got a passing grade in all other romantic subjects?

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Litleragdoll Litleragdoll 7 years
I'm dating an older guy who is a college drop out, while I have my bachelor's degree and there is really no problem! It bothered me a lot at first because it was part of my informal "check list" but I'm really glad I gave the relationship more time. He totally kicks but in bar trivia and has a job as a reporter (which many people get degrees to do). A degree is just a piece of paper, not everyone can afford it, and I know a few people sans-degree much more intelligent than the average college graduate.
karjofas86 karjofas86 7 years
My bf has less education than me... i already have a degree, and he is stariting college right now.. i know why he didnt start right away from high school. He is super smart and has a really good job. Education is not everything sometimes.
bgorgeouss bgorgeouss 7 years
I need to be with someone as intelligent, or more intelligent, than I am. It sounds mean, but I tried dating someone who struggled just to complete highschool and it was frustrating because he never shared my drive to excel in school.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
of course I could...I have a MAster's degree, and my boyfriend has 2 college diplomas, but he has a good job, goals, and is very intelligent and we have good conversation - I'm glad he has education, but it has nothing to do with his current job or our relationship.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
It depends on the person, a certain level of intelligence is very important but the actual diploma is not as important. My sister has her PhD and is married to a guy who barely graduated from high school and they are very happy together after 8 years and counting. But he is smart and well read.
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
I don't think I could date someone without a college diploma. Even though I definitely agree that intelligence is more importance than education, there's a minimum for me.
chequettex chequettex 7 years
Yeah, I did it. When I started dating my now-husband, I had just gotten my bachelor's degree and he still had a few years to go before finishing his - he finally graduated a year and a half into our marriage. He will probably go on to get his masters, whereas I really don't care to get any more education right now.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I agree with so many people here! I defiantly don't care about education standards, as long as he has a good paying job. I am defiantly book smarts where my boyfriend is street smarts. Hopefully in the end I will have my BSN in nursing (I do want to go further than that) and he doesn't plan to have any degree (he has a trade). But we make each other happy, and education doesn't matter to me. I agree cherrypop and pistil!
SS10Sne1 SS10Sne1 7 years
I have a master's degree and my boyfriend has a college degree. He's very intelligent and could go back to school if he wanted. But the fact that he has a BS isn't a deterrent and I don't feel like I'm smarter than him...
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
Education in the majority of the cases means a better and more stable job. To me a formal education is very important, I'm not saying that it makes me superior to the guy, but I do want someone that has a stable life and a stable career and that I can share experiences with.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Yup, I am right now. My soon to be husband is in the process of going back to school and finishing his undergrad in business. Even when he's done, he'll have one degree, and I'll have two. Doesn't matter to me!
cherrypop cherrypop 7 years
It depends. My boyfriend doesn't have a degree but he's definitely smarter than me in certain areas. I used to think education defines a person's intelligence but I've met some people with college degrees who act like jerks. Anyway, I like that my boyfriend and I complement each other well - he's street-smart and I'm book-smart. :)
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
To me it's not about pieces of paper (certificates/diplomas etc) but it is about the ability to hold an intelligent conversation etc so I voted for the third option. Some compatibility is needed for things to work. Of course, you need someone who not only can converse with you and your peers you want a considerate caring lover too.
Advah Advah 7 years
Of course. My parents both dropped out of uni in their second year and both went back to school to become nurses in their late 30s - they're both incredibly smart people to me and I'm pretty sure they already were before finishing their studies. Maturity and intelligence don't have much to do with academic education; I also know quite a few morons who graduated from very good universities with a BA/MA/PhD. They're still morons and not very bright.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
It's not about education for me, it's about job stability. If he were to start his own profitable business I would be fine with that. i can't date anyone below my level of intelligence I've recently learned. I dated a guy for a long time who was smart but not on my level... constantly trying to learn. Now that I am back into the dating world it is a little daunting to find someone who is able to keep up with me or even exceed my level of comprehension. It's refreshing too.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I have my M.Ed. so either he would have to have a Master's (or working on it) or at the very least a B.A. I couldn't see myself with someone with anything less. Besides, I married my college sweetheart and he has a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology, so I'm done.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Probably not. Per this question, I realize that all the men I dated (including the man I married) had just as much education as I did. In fact, all of them, with the exception of one, had more advanced degrees. Also, they were intelligent, too. I suppose for myself, I prefer men who are BOTH educated and intelligent. These qualities are NOT mutually-exclusive. It's not an either/or situation. I'm attracted to men who have both these aspects.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
As long as he has a high school diploma/GED and he can hold an intelligent conversation and take care of himself, I'm fine with that. I'm just starting college this summer so most of the guys I've dated have had more education than me.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I've been married to a guy with less education for a little more than 5 years and we have a happy marriage. So the answer will be 'yes.'
paya paya 7 years
a certain level of intelligence is very important, the level of education is not. intelligence and education are two very different things
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