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comes to grip with reality, an equilibrium will be reached, with 4’s paired with other 4’s, 6’s with 6’s, and those obnoxious 10’s coupled up and making out in the photo booth.
In , researchers have run trials in “random matching test environments,” known to laymen as speed dating events, yielding results that support certain dating stereotypes (on average, women that score higher in attractiveness get more dates) and refute other well-worn clichés (for example, there was no evidence of a White male preference for East Asian women).
His analysis predicted an outcome based on “positive assortative matching,” with men and women pairing off with partners of similar desirability.
Imagine each with a number from 1 to 10 on their forehead indicating their attractiveness.
In the great cocktail party of life, if you’re a 9 or a 10, people will immediately surround you and vie for your attention.
We thought we’d examine the theories put forward by economists as to how dating work, and then compare that to the reality.Dating Inefficiency #1: First dates are optimized – for boredom Over 66% of the men we spoke with chose “she was boring” as one of the top three dating turn-offs they encounter, making it the biggest turn-off on our list.This outcome may seem surprising given that first dates are often designed to cover the basics and stick to neutral territory.But according to behavioral economist Dan Ariely, this “don’t ruffle feathers” model of first dates is exactly the problem.As he , “when going on a first date, we try to achieve a delicate balance between expressing ourselves, learning about the other person, but also not offending anyone—favoring friendly over controversial—even at the risk of sounding dull.”While not rocking the boat may seem like ideal strategy for getting a second date, Ariely argues that sticking to neutral topics (haven’t we all been on a date where the weather was discussed ad nauseum? So the next time you find yourself on a “boring” date, the solution may be to push the envelope—and converge upon a new equilibrium.