How does 1 in 562 sound to you? Not exactly tempting if you were to place a bet, right? You’ll be surprised to hear that these are your actual chances of finding love on any given day, according to a recent study by British researchers.
Falling In Love Is All About Maths, Study Finds
Researchers from the University of Bath who enlisted the help of celebrity mathematician Rachel Riley sought to find the odds of falling in love, basing their calculations on 18 key factors; including your location, desired age, physical attractiveness and relationship status.
What they found was that a mere 84,440 out of 47 million adults in the UK fit the average person’s romantic requirements, with the greatest factor affecting your chances of finding love being your age. Apparently, the average UK single person is most likely looking for a partner between 35 and 47 years of age. This leaves a pretty disappointing 17% of the UK population.
While one might expect that it would be harder to find love as one gets older, the researchers found that the age group with the best odds at finding love were between 65 and 74 years old, with a 1 in 304 chance.
Conversely, the age group who have it worse according to the study is that of 18-24 year-olds, with their chances of meeting their better half being 1 in 1,024.
Improve Your Chances Of Falling In Love
Luckily, there are things one can do to boost his chances of finding love. For instance, not turning down invites to after-work drinks raises your odds to meet that special someone by 16%, while talking to people you meet at the gym was found to improve your chances of meeting ‘the one’ by 15%. Perhaps not very surprisingly, it was also concluded that your chances of falling in love are further raised when you meet people through online dating, with a 17% boost.
Further things you can do to raise your odds are meeting people through your common friends (4%), and being set up by your family (a meager 1%), both of which are now considered to be the least effective ways to find your S.O.
In A Nutshell
As Ms. Riley said, “When it comes down to it, love really is a numbers game. Obviously, the more people you make the effort to meet the higher your chances of romantic success. But, as our data suggest, the odds of love can drastically diminish when we get too prescriptive about age, location, looks, and even pet preferences.” This means that falling in love may be hard, but we can raise our chances significantly by keeping an open mind and heart.
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