In a study in 2011 in the journal , University of Edinburgh psychologist Alison P.Lenton and University of Essex economist Marco Francesconi analyzed more than 3,700 dating decisions across 84 speed-dating events.Know Your Environment One problem with both speed dating and online dating may arise from how we hunt for the things we want.
The authors found that when the available prospects varied more in attributes such as age, height, occupation and educational background, people made fewer dating proposals.
This effect was particularly strong when individuals were faced with a large number of partners.
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.