A New Study Says Give Love A Chance, Don't Wait for Mr. or Ms. Perfect
Published On: Mon, Feb 9th, 2015

A New Study Says Give Love A Chance, Don’t Wait for Mr. or Ms. Perfect

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many people might be out looking for a date. But a new study warns that most people probably do not have to work so hard to find a compatible mate; that we, in general, should not search for the Perfect mate, but simply one who fits our needs and goals.

Michigan State University professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, Chris Adami, comments, “Primitive humans were likely forced to bet on whether or not they could find a better mate. They could either choose to mate with the first, potentially inferior, companion and risk inferior offspring, or they could wait for Mr. or Ms. Perfect to come around.”

He goes on to say, “If they choose to wait, they risk never mating,” explaining that there is a certain evolutionary advantage to mating early. “An individual might hold out to find the perfect mate but run the risk of coming up empty and leaving no progeny,” Adami said. “Settling early for the sure bet gives you an evolutionary advantage, if living in a small group.”
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Study co-author Arend Hintze, a research associate with MSU, adds, “We found that it is really the group size, not the total population size, which matters in the evolution of risk aversion.”

Adami goes on to say, “We do not all evolve to be the same. Evolution creates a diversity in our acceptance of risk, so you see some people who are more likely to take bigger risks than others. We see the same phenomenon in our simulations.”

Basically, the study suggests that nobody should forgo someone who might be mostly compatible now in hopes of finding someone even more compatible later.
Give love a chance!

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