aside from the fact many things can be purchased cheaply, such as cars, i've found there's another outstanding benefit to this shitty economy. i'm a serial dater and i've noticed that in the last 6-9 months, it has been much easier than normal to find dates with 7's and 8's and higher. with much of the competition unemployed or underemployed, and with many women struggling to pay their bills, the few remaining guys with money suddenly are in high demand. as bad as things are, women still want their designer handbags and other useless stuff, but how many of them can afford a $1500 gucci in this economy? when the economy was good, an attractive 22 year old women was in the driver's seat when it came to dating. no longer. virtually all the 20-28 year olds -- the age range i'm attracted to -- are unemployed, underemployed, or scared as s*** they'll lose their jobs. they can't depend on their parents because they're struggling too, and many other guys are in the same shoes. finding someone who can give them security is paramount for survival. there's a silver lining even in this economy. i can live like this for another decade and be very happy.