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Day 424

My mathematical analysis of dating in the later years....

I do some professional reading as part of my work, and one of the mathematical concepts I came across is "survivor bias," which has to do with the fact that we often hear about experiments and studies that describe successful outcomes, while we never hear about the ones that don't work - the medication that is found to be ineffective, the social intervention that does not help with poverty, or something of that ilk.

I decided that "survivor bias" can be applied to dating. As you get older, the dating pool gets smaller, because all the "normal" or "eligible" ones get partnered up, leaving more and more of the encumbered or just plain weird left behind.

Let's take a pool of 1,000 singles who are 20 years old; let's say, each decade, 20% of them disappear because they get hitched: after ten years, you have 800, ten years later, 640, and by the time you make it to 59, the only people left are the dregs, like myself.

So here I am, a dreg, and I'm complaining because most of the women I meet are dregs themselves. As I go longer and longer, the pool shrinks more and more, and more dreggier.

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  • Bettedavis Bettedavis
    12 days ago

    Ha ha like it
    Who needs a partner anyway
    Be happy and content with YOU

  • miranda_b miranda_b
    12 days ago

    This only holds up if people never get divorced. There’s more than just dregs out there. Yes, the pool of available partners is smaller as we get older, and the baggage we bring with us from past relationships is more cumbersome, but the depth of emotion and appreciation for a good partner after what we’ve been through makes new matches all the better. Don’t give up, and do NOT think of yourself as a dreg!

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