Additionally, in speed-dating events where the characteristics of the daters varied much more, most participants did not follow up with any of their matches.
Results observed in the world of online dating support this finding.
AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, I have always found the concept of speed dating fascinating.
During a series of mini dates, each spanning no more than a couple of minutes, participants in a speed-dating event evaluate a succession of eligible singles.
A study in 2008 by Lenton and Barbara Fasolo of the London School of Economics and Political Science indicates that participants often misjudge how the number of options available to them will affect their feelings.
Millions of years of experimentation with different heuristics, conducted in a range of environments, have led us to learn which ones are most effective.
Yet we need not be passive victims of our circumstances.
Knowing how your environment influences your mind-set, a quality known as ecological rationality, can help you make the choices that are best for you.
Very generally speaking, good looks and youthful vigor are indeed useful metrics for mating because they signal health.
Yet if lifelong love is what you are after, a smorgasbord of singles might propel you to make stereotypical selections.