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Hannah Fry is a mathematician who spoke on TED about how to find love… mathematically. There is a formula! (Aren’t you glad?)

And here it is, broken down into plain English:

If you reject all of your potential suitors for the first 37% of your dating life, then accept the first suitor who appears better than all your previous suitors in the past, you should marry him, because the chances of finding someone better after that magnificent fellow are not so good… mathematically speaking, that is.

You can watch all 17 minutes here, and I found it very fun! Apparently there are some fish that use this, and it works well for them. 😉

Obviously, there are some risks involved, but if you want to do this in a scientifically sound way, the 37% rule is the way to go.

Hannah Fry points out that most people do this anyway. If you’re young and still looking around, you have all sorts of reasons not to settle down at 18, for example. But the older you get, the more willing you are to find that special someone, and when he shows himself as superior to all your past boyfriends, you snap him up.

But what if you’re significantly past your 37% of your dating life, and you haven’t spotted him yet? Well, there is still some statistical hope! And your looks or general attractiveness have nothing to do with it. In fact, if you have some flaws, it works in your favor.

She points out that having everyone consider you beautiful doesn’t actually help in finding a partner. It’s actually better to have some flaws that some people will find downright ugly, because that lessens the competition of the people who find you truly attractive, and those who might not have competed against every male on the planet will throw their hat in the ring when the competition has thinned out. And out of those who present themselves, you have some pretty good odds of finding someone superior to the frogs you’ve kissed in the past. 😉

And as an added perk, these ones really do think you’re beautiful!

So there you have it–dating according to mathematics. ❤


What do you think… would you let math guide you to true love? Or do you believe that heart isn’t so easily mapped?