Going On about Money Now Acceptable in Mixed Company


Remember the old days, like before the recession, when talking about money was considered “gauche” and frowned upon at cocktail parties and sophisticated events? Well, now, thanks to so many people losing their jobs and the Real Housewives franchise being such a hit — not to mention Goldman doing that very bad thing they might have done — it’s totally cool to talk about how much cash is in your wallet. All the time. To anyone who will listen. (It’s $35, and I have no idea how it got there.)

According to a survey by online personal finance service,

In the wake of the Great Recession, people want to learn more and are more willing to talk about money with friends and family. And perhaps most important, they want to give kids the financial know-how they might have missed.

More than half of the people surveyed now lecture their kids about money pretty much incessantly, and three out of four regale their coworkers with talk of “money issues” while their coworkers try to actually get some work done. 39 percent say they’re talking “more freely” about finances with friends and family (friends and family refused to comment).

Goody for all of them, but we’d still rather talk about The Hills or Sandra Bullock’s secret baby or how you’re not really listening to us, are you? than your bank account when you’re buying us dinner. You can save the money talk for your accountant. Unless you’ve got a great stock tip or something.