Is there a formula for finding true love? Mathematician, Hannah Fry, thinks so. And she has come up with a formula for finding your soul mate: Avoid marriage before age 22 + Choose friends who are less attractive than you + Highlight your flaws = Love of your life appears.
In addition to being a Mathematician, Fry is also a lecturer at University College London and author of The Mathematics of Love, Daily Mail reports.
Listed below are summaries of each part of Fry’s formula:
Choosing friends who are less attractive than you
According to Fry, choosing friends who are less attractive than you when going out to look for love can be beneficial to you.
This part of the formula is based on Discreet Choice Theory, “the idea is that if there are two women – A and B – who men rank as being equally attractive, if a third woman comes along who looks like a less attractive version of woman A, then woman A becomes more popular with the men.”
Highlighting your flaws
This part of the formula has to do with how one portrays oneself on dating websites. According to the report, “analysis from dating websites show that often times it is not people rated as the most attractive that get the most responses.” Instead, it is the people who have less than perfect physical traits – something that sets them apart from the crowd – that may get the most responses from other users. The rationale here is that people who find those “less than perfect traits” attractive will face less competition than messaging those who have “perfect” profile pictures.
According to the report, “men with bald heads, for example, should not wear a hat to cover their pate as their lack of hair will be attractive to some. Those who are overweight should also not use clever photo cropping to hide what they perceive as flaws. “
Avoiding marriage before the age of 22
This part of the formula is also called the Optimal Stopping Period theory and it dictates that people looking for true love should not settle down “until 37% of their ‘dating period’ has past.”
The report states that for instance, if your aim is to get married by age 35 and you started dating around age 15, you should not consider settling down with any of the partners you had before you were 22.4 years old. Fry further advices that after the 37% period has passed, “people should marry the first partner they find that is better than any that came before.”