02 Mar '11, 4am

Too many dates could lead to singlehood

Too many dates could lead to singlehood

PARIS, France: Scientists have found that the more options you have for choosing a lover, the likelier you are to end up with no-one. In a new study British investigators looked at the strange dynamics of choice in speed-dating, a fashionable way for singles to meet. Speed-daters race through a rota of one-on-one meetings, judging each person for suitability after a conversation of a few minutes that ends when a bell sounds. Assessing large numbers of candidates was not a problem in itself, the researchers found. In fact, many speed-daters found more potential partners when they were able to cast their net into a larger pool. But this advantage only worked when the available candidates were all broadly similar. When candidates were too dissimilar, speed-daters became confused by many conflicting factors -- and often failed to choose anyone. "There are models of human 'rati...

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