Hopefully, we can illuminate some reasons why first dates go so wrong, so often—and maybe bring about a few more second dates in the process.
An Introduction to Economic Dating Theory Dating as an economic field of study dates back to Gary Becker’s famous 1973 two-part article “.” Becker envisioned society as a massive cocktail party with men and women as rational players trying to optimize their own mate selection.
And none of the evidence in the book comes from public opinion polls; everything is based on choices individuals actually make, not the choices they say they would make when given options."When I look at the evidence data that we collect, often what I find is that a lot of our preconceptions about the decisions people make in terms of sex and love are not wholly accurate," says Adshade.
Or you may look forward to meeting a match from a dating site all week, only to find that, although your date portrayed himself accurately online, you’re disappointed when you meet him offline.
People are complex, and the reasons why we do or don’t hit it off with one another can be unpredictable.
But as with any complex market, there are some underlying principles to dating, and certain commonalities that are exposed when you look beyond your own experiences.
We thought we’d examine the theories put forward by economists as to how dating work, and then compare that to the reality.