Economic theory of dating
I often ask my students how they met and when they tell their stories I help them to identify the geography that was involved in the process.
Physical appearance is subjective and is defined differently for each individual.
The average woman is about 5 foot 4 inches tall and weighs about 144 pounds. Most of us tend to compare ourselves to averages or to others we know.
In other words, how many single females or males are there in the same classroom?
In the United States there are millions of people between the ages of 18-24 (18-24 is considered prime dating and mate selection ages).
All of the principles discussed in this chapter applied to how my wife and I met, became friends, and chose to marry. Propenquity is the geographic closeness experienced by potential dates and mates.
It’s the proximity you might experience by: living in the same dorms or apartment buildings; going to the same university or college; working in the same place of employment; or belonging to the same religious group.
The US Census bureau estimates that 8.5 percent of the US population or about 26 million people are single and between the ages of 18-24 years that’s nearly 15 million males and 15 million females (retrieved 12 June 2014 SOURCE Tables 1 and 2; and calculation based on Table 57 Statistical Abstracts of the US SOURCE ).
Those numbers should be very similar in 2010 when the Census is collected.Does that mean that you could have 15 million potential mates out there somewhere? You see, it would take more time than any mortal has in their life to ever interact with that many people.Besides dating and mate selection is not about volume it’s about quality and intimacy in the relationship.This is important to understand that we subjectively judge ourselves as being more or less attractive; because we often limit our dating pool of eligibles to those we think are in our same category of beauty.If you are 6 foot tall as a man or 5 foot 8 as a woman, then you are slightly above average in height.Proximity means that you both breathe the same air in the same place at about the same time.