If you’ve already swiped your way through your fair share of the dating pool, one theory suggests that you might need to settle with the next best option that comes along.
At a Sydney-based TEDX talk cognitive scientist, Tom Griffiths, told spectators that there is an algorithm that can figure out who you’ll marry: “the 37% rule.”
“Look over 37% of the (dating) pool and then commit to the next person you meet who is better than anyone you’ve already met, “ says Griffiths.
And the formula doesn’t only work in dating.
Griffiths says the rule can also apply to other areas in your life such as buying a house or picking a restaurant.
“If you have three months to find a house (13 weeks) spend 37 per cent (five weeks) looking, then bid on the first thing you see that beats everything that’s gone before,” says the scientist. “If the street is 1000 metres long, walk along 370m of it, then pick a restaurant. If you want to find a partner between 18 and 35, choose the next best person you meet after 24.”
We might take this advice with a grain of salt – you never know who's around the corner