Anyone who’s single and dating knows it’s a numbers game.All it takes is one person to set you on the path toward happily ever after - or to give you another dating nightmare story.But how many dates do you have to go on to find “the one”? D., of Indiana University in Bloomington, and Geoffrey Miller, Ph.And how do you know for sure that once you do meet Mr. Right, a more attractive, more compatible prospect won’t pop up right around the corner? D., of the University of New Mexico, used advanced computer simulations to determine the best approach to find lasting love.Todd and Miller applied a well-known system of hypothetical decision-making called the “secretary problem” to dating.In this situation, a person must pick the best secretary from a group of applicants who appear in random order, drawn from a pool whose quality is not known. It’s all about moving forward and making smart choices. ” Going back to their advanced computer simulations, Miller and Todd raised the number of potential candidates from 100 to 1,000 and proved, to the relief of singles everywhere, that a little bit of searching indeed goes a long way.Todd and Miller found that the solution to the secretary problem - and potentially your dating problem - requires sampling a certain proportion of people, remembering the best of them, and then picking the next person who is even better. In the secretary problem, the ideal percentage for sampling is 37% of a pool of 100 applicants. According to their research, in a group of 1,000 potential mates, only 1 to 2 percent needs to be sampled.
In other words, you have to go on roughly 10 first dates, with mates who are within your aspiration level.If after 10 dates there’s someone you want to go back to and he or she is available, then go for it. Want some other tips to date with science on your side?I personally believe that dating and finding love should be like buying a piece of art - you need to be captivated by someone you want to take home and frame.Yet all too often, we're walking around with our tiny frames trying to fit people into them.We're looking for something or someone rather than really seeing.So dismantle the frame, take some risks and give yourself 10 first dates!