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Single and Looking for Love? Here’s Some Math That May Help!

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When you’re dating someone, how do you know if they’re really the one . . . or if there isn’t someone better out there? A mathematician named Martin Gardner came up with a simple math formula several decades ago, to help you make tough choices like that.
1. Decide on the number of people you’ll go out with in the near future. To make it simple, let’s say you’ll go out with 12 people in the next few months.
2. Go out with exactly 36.8% of them. And do NOT settle down with any of them. That’s the EXACT calculation he found to get an accurate sample of what’s out there. So if you date 12 people, that means you only need to go out with four or five of them. Now you have a big enough sample to make a fair comparison.
3. From that point on, as SOON as you go out with someone who’s better than the best person in that first group, THAT’S the person to get serious with.
4. If you don’t meet anyone better than anyone in that first group, go with the most recent new person ANYWAY.
Sure, they might not be AS good as someone from that first group, but the people in the first group are no longer considered an option . . . you’ve REJECTED them, you’ve moved on, and you operate under the assumption they’re gone. Supposedly it works because you’ve given yourself great odds, and a mathematically accurate sample that you can compare things to. Sounds to complicated to us, but who knows, it just might work.