Summer is here and college students are once again hunting for summer jobs. Unfortunately, as news reports these past weeks have shown, this is the third summer in a row where jobs are scarce and college students have to compete with graduates forced into low-paying positions due to the unemployment crisis.
Some single college students have taken matters into their own hands by turning their summer loneliness into a full-time summer job. According to WhatsYourPrice.com, the world’s first and only dating auction website, the number of college students registering to date-for-dollars has tripled in the past two months.
“In the past two months, over 20,000 college students in the U.S. have signed up for an account on WhatsYourPrice.com where they are paid to go on first dates,” says Brandon Wade, the website’s founder & CEO. “Most college students are single and many actively date during the summer. Our website provides a way for them to monetize their romantic pursuits.”
On WhatsYourPrice.com, college students make up approximately 35% of the website’s 400,000 members. College students receive a free premium membership upgrade when they register with their dot-EDU email addresses. According to the website, college members go on an average of 5.4 first dates a week and receives an average of $121.00 for each date.
Using the dot-EDU email addresses collected via the website, WhatsYourPrice.com has published the Top 25 Dating-For-Dollar Universities.
“In this economy, many college students struggle to find summer jobs. Those who are fortunate enough to land a minimum-wage job struggle to find work-life balance,” says Wade, who holds a BS and MBA from MIT. “WhatsYourPrice.com provides single college students the best of both worlds. They get paid for their time and they get to enjoy their summer at other peoples’ expenses.”