It is better to settle for Mr. or Ms. Okay than searching too hard for the perfect mate, says a new study. As the Valentine’s Day is approaching, a number of people are trying to find a date. Researchers suggest that instead of holding out for someone who makes you 100 percent happy, it is wiser to go for someone who fits in your needs and goals. Michigan State University professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, Chris Adami said “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.”
For the study, researchers used a computational model to determine the risk-taking behaviors of thousands of generations. Digital organisms used for the study were programmed to make bets in high-payoff gambles. The study reflected the life-altering decisions made by natural organisms, such as selecting a mate.
He further added “If they choose to wait, they risk never mating.” He also explained that early mating has some evolutionary advantages. “An individual might hold out to find the perfect mate but run the risk of coming up empty and leaving no progeny. Settling early for the sure bet gives you an evolutionary advantage, if living in a small group.” According to study co-author Arend Hintze, a research associate with MSU, “We found that it is really the group size, not the total population size, which matters in the evolution of risk aversion.”
Researchers opine that in the hope of finding someone better, we should not forgo someone who might prove to be mostly compatible. Adami elaborated “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.”