As a psychologist, I have always found the concept of speed dating fascinating.In fact, some years ago, I decided to try it myself.At the time, I had just moved to Boston and didn’t know that many people yet, so I figured I would give the speed-dating scene a go.As it turns out, I like to talk – so much, in fact, that I have a tendency to talk people’s ears off.
You might assume that when trying to find a good dating partner, having a large, varied pool of potential candidates available to you is a good thing, but new research indicates that it is not.
Alison Lenton and Marco Francesconi recently published an article in the in which they analyzed over 3,700 human dating decisions across 84 speed-dating events.
The authors found that when the available dates varied more in attributes such as age, height, occupation and educational background, people made fewer dating proposals.
This effect was particularly strong when people were faced with a large number of potential partners.
In fact, when both conditions were present, participants were more likely to make no decision at all.