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The Science of Dating

Science can do amazing things. For example, science has finally answered the question of how really hot men or women end up with such horrible partners. Oh, come on, we've all seen it: some really gorgeous, smart, sweet guy or gal, dating some someone that doesn't treat them very well. You spot that combo and stand there baffled as to how something like that happens.

Well, as it turns out, science has discovered that the more choices singles have, the poorer choices they tend to make, and this holds true whether they are picking out a date, or detergent at the local grocery store.

Alison Lenton, a psychological scientist from the University of Edinburgh, and Marco Francesconi, an economist from the University of Essex recently did some speed dating studies about this. Apparently, in recent years, lots of other scientific studies have shown that when people are faced with a wide variety of choices in a single product, they make poorer choices. Lenton and Francesconi wanted to know if that pattern held true when people were picking out dates, too.

And apparently, it does. Lenton and Francesconi studied single people in speed-dating situations, and discovered that singles at smaller events would pick mates based on looks, of course, but also factoring in deeper traits, like whether or not a person smoked, their education levels, and so forth. At larger events, daters tended to pick based solely on looks (height and weight), and made poor choices.

So, the moral of the story, here, is to stick to smaller pools of choices, and you'll have much better luck picking out your perfect mate!

Posted by eDatingCentral.com Apr 20, 2010 9:17 am


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